IRELAND v SCOTLAND BETTING PREVIEWIreland are unbeaten in five matches on home soil and come into this match having lost just one of their last eight games but are yet to win since their 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar in October. They are three points behind Group D leaders Poland and two behind both Germany and the Scots at the halfway stage of qualifying. A defeat for the Irish will surely end any hopes they have of making it to next summer’s final.
Jonathan Walters should also start in Dublin and there could also be a recall for Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan. James McClean may also start while Robbie Keane is doubtful because of personal reasons. If Keane doesn't start, O'Neill could again start with Ipswich Town duo Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick, who led the line for the Irish against England. Keiren Westwood should keep his place in goal, though Shay Given is pushing for a starting berth.
Scotland have lost just two of their last 14 matches. They find themselves sitting in third spot, level on points with Germany and only one off leaders Poland. The Tartan Army are yet to win away from home in qualifying after losing in Germany and drawing in Poland. Bournemouth’s Matt Richie gave Scotland a 1-0 victory over Qatar last week
In the last friendly against Qatar, Steven Fletcher and Andrew Robertson were both rested but should be ready to play here. Strachan must also decide whether to start Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie or not. Craig Gordon looks set to start for Scotland, but faces pressure from David Marshall for a starting spot.
November's clash in Glasgow between these two sides was a scrappy affair with Shaun Maloney's strike separated these two teams. Ireland's 0-0 draw with England in Dublin last weekend was the first time in 15 matches that the Irish team has failed to score on their own turf.
IRELAND v SCOTLAND PROBABLE LINEUPSIreland (4-4-2): Given; Coleman, O'Shea, Wilson, Ward; McClean, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady; Walters, Keane
Scotland (4-2-3-1): Marshall; Forsyth, Hutton, Martin, Berra; Brown, McArthur; Naismith, Maloney, Adam; Fletcher
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