Scotland vs Republic of Ireland Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Scotland vs Ireland | Friday 14 November, 2014 | Celtic Park | 20.00
Republic of Ireland face Scotland on Friday in a Group D qualifier which could prove crucial in deciding the fate of both sides in their quest to qualify for Euro 2016. The atmosphere at Celtic Park will be electric and the match is expected to be hard fought.
Ireland’s Jonathan Walters believes that his teammates have all been excelling themselves at club level in recent games and that Ireland should expect another positive result. The side has already notched up 2 wins and a draw in the qualifiers so far.
Walters, who scored in Stoke City’s victory over Tottenham on Sunday, commented, “We are going into the Scotland game full of confidence. Shane [Long] scored for Southampton, Seamus [Coleman] and James [McCarthy] are back for Everton, Daryl Murphy is on fire at Ipswich so hopefully the confidence from the club teams will push us on into the internationals.”
Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has led his side to a solid start in the competition, beating both Gibralter and Georgia as well as causing something of an upset with a 1-1 draw away to Germany.
Ireland are joint top of the group with Poland while Scotland are three points behind, so a victory at Celtic Park for the home side could see the two teams draw even. Scotland cannot afford to lose the fight to reach what would be their first major tournament since 1998.
Sunderland and Scotland striker Steven Fletcher could pose a real threat to Ireland’s chances at Celtic Park as the in-form forward has scored four goals in his last five outings.
“This would be a great achievement for us,” said Fletcher. “With the Scotland career I’ve had, just to come back and do something like that would be fantastic.”
Scotland vs Republic of Ireland Betting Tips
Gordon Strachan’s men will have their work cut out for them but remain the favourites to win at home. Betway have great odds on a 2-1 Scotland victory at 33/4.
Steven Fletcher looks good to score first at 5/1 while Everton midfielder Steven Naismith is a solid bet to score anytime at 2/1, both with Paddy Power.