England vs Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

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England vs Ireland betting tips

This article covers England vs Ireland betting tips and predictions.

Also included is a thorough England vs Ireland betting preview.

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

England vs Ireland: Match details

Match: England vs Ireland

Competition: International Friendly

Date: November 12, 2020

Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, November 12, 2020 (UK time)

Stadium: Wembley

England vs Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Harry Kane of England during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Betting prediction: England 2 – 1 Ireland


The Three Lions welcome the Republic of Ireland to Wembley in London on Thursday for this International Friendly match.


This is the first meeting between these two nations in over 5 years and only the third match between them since the mid 90’s.


Despite this, the players will likely be very familiar with each other with all but 4 across both squads currently plying their trades in England.


England have the upper-hand in the head-to-head, with 5 wins to Ireland’s 3. However, they haven’t defeated the Irish in any of the last 7 matches. You need to go back to 1985 to find England’s last victory in this fixture; a 2-1 win at Wembley with Gary Lineker scoring the winning goal.

Jadon Sancho England

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 15: Jadon Sancho of England runs with the ball during the International Friendly match between England and United States at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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The Three Lions were in good form post-restart with 3 wins in 4 coming into their match against Denmark. However, a 0-1 defeat to the Danes here back in October seemed to rattle them, with many in the press also beginning to question Southgate’s future. Despite this, strong odds of 1/3 on suggesting many expect Southgate and England to get back to winning ways on Thursday.


A draw is often the outcome of matches between these two nations, with half the games between them ending in a stalemate. This includes 5 of the last 6 matches between them. Odds of 15/4 are available if you see England and Ireland cancelling each other out once more.


Ireland are yet to win a match under new boss Stephen Kenny. The odds of 17/2 suggest few expect him to pick up his first win here against England on Thursday.

England vs Ireland – recent form and head to head statistics

England vs Ireland form
England vs Iceland - 4:0
Belgium vs England - 2:0
England vs Ireland - 3:0
England vs Denmark - 0:1
England vs Belgium - 2:1
Latest match form, last 5 games:
Ireland vs Bulgaria - 0:0
Wales vs Ireland - 1:0
England vs Ireland - 3:0
Finland vs Ireland - 1:0
Ireland vs Wales - 0:0
Last 5 games for England
November 18, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 England 4 - 0 Iceland
November 15, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Belgium 2 - 0 England
November 12, 2020 Int. Friendly Games 2020 England 3 - 0 Ireland
October 14, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 England 0 - 1 Denmark
October 11, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 England 2 - 1 Belgium
Last 5 games for Ireland
November 18, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria
November 15, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Wales 1 - 0 Ireland
November 12, 2020 Int. Friendly Games 2020 England 3 - 0 Ireland
October 14, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Finland 1 - 0 Ireland
October 11, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Ireland 0 - 0 Wales
England vs Ireland Int. Friendly Games 2020 form
England Ireland
4 Matches played 1
2 Matches won 0
30 Goal attempts 4
11 Shots on goal 2
10 Shots off goal 1
18 Corner kicks 2
28% Average ball possession 36%
9 Shots blocked 1
29 Free kicks 12
1 Offsides 1
4 Goals by foot 0
2 Goals by head 0
6 Goals scored 0
0 Goals conceded 3
England vs Ireland statistics for most recent head to head matches
England Ireland
9 Matches 9
6 Home Matches 3
3 Away Matches 6
10 Total Goals 6
1.11 Average Goals Scored 0.67
2 Wins 1
1 Losses 2
6 Draws 6
Last 5 games & match results between England and Ireland
November 12, 2020 Int. Friendly Games 2020 England 3 - 0 Ireland
June 7, 2015 Int. Friendly Games 2015 Ireland 0 - 0 England
May 29, 2013 Int. Friendly Games 2013 England 1 - 1 Ireland
March 27, 1991 Euro Cup 1992, Qualification England 1 - 1 Ireland
November 14, 1990 Euro Cup 1992, Qualification Ireland 1 - 1 England
England vs Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

Copenhagen , Denmark – 7 June 2019; Republic of Ireland supporters prior to the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group D match between Denmark and Republic of Ireland at Telia Parken in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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England’s last home match over Ireland back in 2013 finished 1-1. It is the 4th time from their last 6 matches which has finished with a 1-1 scoreline. A repeat of this most frequently seen score on Thursday is available at odds of 17/2.


Ireland have never beaten England at Wembley. Their only win on English soil came back in 1949 at Goodison Park with Ireland winning 0-2 against Walter Winterbottom’s England. You can back them at 40/1 for the same 0-2 scoreline here on Thursday.


High scoring matches between these sides are a rarity. Only 3 of the 16 matches between them have seen over 2.5 goals scored in the game. Two of those matches were over 55 years ago. You can back another low scoring game here on Thursday with odds of 43/40 for under 2.5 goals.


England vs Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Gareth Southgate manager of England in discussion with substitute and debutant Declan Rice of England during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

England vs Ireland: Match preview

Both teams come into Thursday’s match with serious problems to solve and a fear that a defeat, even in a friendly, will simply allow the dissenting voices grow louder.


Stephen Kenny is new in his role as manager of the Irish National team. However, with his top-flight experience as a manager limited to the Irish Premier League, there was a feeling from some coming in that he lacked the CV to qualify for the job.


His record of 2 draws and 3 defeats since his promotion from the U21 side to manage ‘Jack’s Army’ will only add weight to the suggestion he is out of his depth at this level.


For Southgate, he faces similar criticism despite his England side finishing an impressive 3rd place in the 2019 Nations League and reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Regardless of results, there has been a persistent suggestion from fans that the team has no real footballing identity.


This is a recurring theme for managers whose teams are not fun to watch. Jose Mourinho is probably the best example of this. When he was successful, he earned all the plaudits. But without positive results, there is little to support as his brand which is essentially results before substance.


Ultimately people watch football for entertainment. Both Kenny and Southgate have a problem in that their brand of football isn’t entertaining. Therefore, when they aren’t getting results, fans will turn on them very quickly.


Southgate has named a squad full of young and exciting players such as Bakuyo Saka, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. Players that will hopefully get the fans behind the team and inject some excitement into the game.


The match also sees Declan Rice (pictured above) play against the Republic of Ireland for the first time. Rice played for Ireland at every youth level and even has 3 full caps for the Irish national side. However, in February last year he opted to switch allegiances to England; a move that saw him receive harsh criticism and even death threats online.


England vs Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham celebrates at the end of the game. Birmingham City v Stoke City – Sky Bet Championship – St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium 31-08-2019 . (Photo by Clint Hughes/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

England team news vs Ireland

Jude Bellingham’s (pictured above) meteoric rise continues with a call-up to the full England squad aged just 17. He replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold who withdrew after picking up a calf injury against Manchester City at the weekend.


Dean Henderson is the only other player in Gareth Southgate’s squad who is yet to receive their first full England cap.


In-form Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been forced to withdraw from England squad with a hamstring injury. His club teammate Danny Ings is also out following his knee surgery on a meniscus problem.


Marcus Rashford went down clutching his shoulder in United’s 3-1 win over Everton at the weekend. The United forward is included in Southgate’s squad but is unlikely to play any part in this friendly. He could feature in England’s upcoming Nations League games though.


Harvey Barnes misses out on a call up this time around. With Phil Foden being recalled after his prior exclusion for disciplinary issues, Barnes is the unfortunate player to lose his place to the Manchester City midfielder.


However, unlike Foden, it seems all hasn’t been forgiven and forgotten with Mason Greenwood yet. Southgate has left the talented United forward out of his squad and tabloid rumours today suggest there are concerns at United also that he isn’t fully invested in being a professional footballer.

English Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
Defenders: Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Kieran Trippier (Atlético Madrid), Michael Keane (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Reece James (Chelsea), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson (Vice-captain) (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Harry Kane©(Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Seamus Coleman

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ireland team news vs England

The big news this week was the retirement of David McGoldrick from international football at the relatively young age of just 32.

“I was honoured and privileged to play for Ireland and the memories will last me a lifetime. But now the time is right to concentrate on club football and the Premier League, which I’ve strived to play in for the entirety of my career.”
– David McGoldrick, Former Irish International Footballer


Burton goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara is unavailable for selection due to injury. It’s a similar story for Spurs forward Troy Parrott, who suffered an injury while on loan at Millwall at the start of the season.


Captain Seamus Coleman (pictured above) returns to the squad after missing out last month due to a hamstring injury.


Jack Byrne returns to the squad after overcoming a difficult battle with Covid-19. He tested positive while on Ireland duty last month and struggled for oxygen due to it. However, he is now backing in training and nearing 100% once more.


Luton Town striker James Collins is recalled to the squad. This is his first call-up under new manager Stephen Kenny.

Irish Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (Bournemouth)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman© (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion).
Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers)


Predicted England line-up vs Ireland

England's predicted XI to face Ireland.

England’s predicted XI to face Ireland.

Predicted Ireland line-up vs England

Ireland's predicted XI to face England.

Ireland’s predicted XI to face England.

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