Ireland host Scotland in Dublin on Saturday in a much anticipated UEFA Nations League match. Neither country will be at the World Cup later this year, so this is the best chance to shine for both teams. Read below our Ireland vs Scotland predictions, betting tips, lineups, team news, best odds and free bets!
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How to watch Ireland vs Scotland?
Ireland v Scotland kicks off at 5pm on Saturday, June 11. The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host.
The match will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1. Coverage begins at 4.15pm.
Ireland v Scotland betting preview
Ireland and Scotland have been drawn in the UEFA Nations League Group B1. Scotland lead the way in the standings on three points having won their only game so far (a 2-0 home victory over Armenia earlier this week), while Ireland are yet to get off the mark and sit down in fourth place having lost 1-0 both in Armenia and at home against Ukraine.
Ireland are struggling in recent times. In their two recent defeats to Armena and Ukraine the Boys in Green only recorded a measly six shots on target. They have scored just 27 goals in their last 38 competitive fixtures. At home, their offensive production is even worse, with just two strikes in the last 8 outings.
Prior to these Nations League round of games, Scotland saw their World Cup dreams go up in flames, losing 3-1 to Ukraine at Hampden. They returned to winning ways against Armenia, marking their 7th win in 11 Nations League matches. the tartan Army actually used this competition to qualify for Euro 2020, their first major tournament in 23 years.
Republic of Ireland (3-4-3): Kelleher; O'Shea, Collins, Duffy; Christie, Cullen, Hendrick, Stevens; Robinson, Obafemi, Knight
Matt Doherty is out through injury while John Egan is not 100% fit. Captain Séamus Coleman is also a doubt having sat out Wednesday’s defeat. Dara O'Shea should start at the back alongside Shane Duffy and Nathan Collins, while Cyrus Christie is likely to start as right wing-back. Jeff Hendrick and Josh Cullen will anchor the midfield while Michael Obafemi will be flanked by Troy Parrott an Callum Robinson up front.
Scotland (3-4-3): Gordon; McTominay, Hendry, McKenna; Ralston, McGinn, McGregor, Robertson; Armstrong, Adams, Christie
Scotland have no fresh injury concerns. They are without Kieran Tierney, while Ryan Jack and Lyndon Dykes are also sidelined. Scott McTominay may be among a number of players who are restored to the Scotland side while Andrew Robertson may be handed a rest. In that case, Aaron Hickey will replace the Liverpool right back. Che Adams will spearhead the attack, supported by Ryan Christie and Stuart Armstrong. The likes of Callum McGregor and John McGinn will start in the middle of the park. Nathan Patterson will remain on the substitutes' bench after his return from an ankle injury.
Head To Head
Scotland beat Ireland 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying at Hampden Park. The previous three meetings between these two sides have produced a total of four goals – a 1-0 home win for each followed by a 1-1 draw in the most recent game in June 2015.
Our Ireland v Scotland Betting Tips
Scotland could be still shocked for their 3-1 loss to Ukraine in the World Cup play-off at Hampden Park. However, that was the only defeat in 10 matches for Steve Clarke's men and we believe the Tartan Army will earn a draw at least in Dublin. Furthermore, goals tend to be in short supply when these nations meet, with eight of the last nine involving two or fewer. Hence, we back the Under 2.5 total goals option. As to the correct score, Scotland to win 1-0 is our pick.
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