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Posted on June 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Ireland v Scotland


These two sides will meet in Dublin. If Ireland were to suffer another defeat in this match to Scotland then their hopes could be ended as that would leave them five points behind Scotland in the race to qualify. Meanwhile a win for Scotland here would set them nicely for a shot at an automatic qualification place, while three points for Ireland would mean the race for third spot would be wide open.Ireland knows they cannot afford to lose a second time to Scotland here. Their defeat in Scotland was a big blow to their hopes of qualifying, but they can keep their chances alive by avoiding defeat in this match. It has to be said that other then the 7-0 win over Gibraltar, the points that Ireland have managed have all come late in the game thanks to dramatic goals. They only scored a winner over Georgia in the final minute of their opening game, and then needed a 94th minute equalizer to get the draw with Germany. They also had to do it the hard way when they needed a 91st minute equalizer to get a draw against Poland.Going forward, Ireland sure does not look all that convincing.Last weekend they could only managed a 0-0 draw against England. Also in four of their last six meetings with Scotland there has been just one goal scored. It well could be a stalemate here.In their last ten matches it has been four wins each and two draws. Since 1961 there has not been more than two goals in a fixture between Ireland and Scotland. And in their last three Euro 2016 qualification matches, Ireland have failed to win. In their last six matches played be it competitive and friendlies they have posted a W2 D3 L1 record. Scotland have recorded some great results and managed W3 D1 L1 in qualification. They are playing positively and with confidence and their only defeat in the race for Euro 2016 was against Germany. In competitive and friendly matches, Scotland have suffered defeat just once in six of their matches played. That was a friendly loss against England.A stat which may surprise many is that the Scots have averaged over two goals per game in Euro 2016 qualification, but chances are it will be a low scoring game in this match. Interestingly three out of the four wins Scotland have managed have been by a 1-0 scoreline. However, the Scots have yet to win on their travels in qualification so it could well end in a draw here. O’Neill-Strachan head to heads just one of the 10 meetings had produced a match with over 2.5 goals and that was an FA Cup tie when Coventry beat a weakened Leicester 3-0 in 1999. We won on the cards market the lat game up at Hampden Park. There were six bookings at Hampden and the stakes are even higher this time. McGeady was one of those cautioned and he’ll be as fired up as anyone against the country of his birth so consider him at 4-1 as a straight bet and if i can get 2.00 on the overs i will be taking it.As a trade the prices reflect what will probably happen a low scoring affair.The price is slightly high on Ireland to do a Arsenal trade but i wouldn't put you of it at all. Under Gordon Strachan the Scots have hardly put a foot wrong and I don’t think we’ll lose. so if not an Arsenal trade a low score scalp 1-0 0-1 1-1 with cover on the 3.5.For the brave a 3.5 lay

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