Georgia vs Republic of Ireland betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview and predictions

Georgia vs Republic of Ireland prediction: Georgia 1-1 Republic of Ireland

An absolutely huge game for the Republic of Ireland.

The Green Army currently lead the way in Group D and are desperate to hold onto a top two spot with Euro 2020 matches coming to Dublin.

However, with their remaining matches against the two sides directly below them, this simply is must win.

Will Ireland leave Tbilisi with three precious points?

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia

Georgia vs Republic of Ireland: Who will win?

Georgia are 13/5 to put a real dent in Ireland’s qualification hopes with a win.

Even a draw would do that and that is 19/10.

Ireland simply have to win and are favourites at 6/5 to do so.

Under 2.5 goals is 2/5.

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Giorgi Kvilitaia could be the home side’s biggest threat. He is 6/1 to open the scoring and 14/5 to net anytime.

Vako Qazaishvili is also a player to keep an eye on. The San Jose Quakes man is 7/1 to break the deadlock and 10/3 to score anytime.

Aaron Connolly meanwhile could be handed his debut for the senior side. He is 5/1 to score first and 5/2 to make his debut with a goal.

James McClean is the top scorer in the squad. He is 8/1 to score first and 7/2 to add to his international tally.

Both Tornike Okriashvili and Giorgi Kvilitaia to score is 25/1.

Both Valerian Gvilia and Giorgi Kvilitaia to score is 30/1.

Both James McClean and James Collins to score is 18/1.

Both Jeff Hendrick and Scott Hogan to score is 20/1.

Georgia vs Republic of Ireland: Match preview

Georgia are dreaming of qualifying for a major tournament for the very first time, but not through this group.

Back in March, they began with back-to-back narrow defeats, 2-0 against Switzerland and 1-0 in Dublin.

Then came their only victory of the campaign so far.

Vako Gvilia, Giorgi Papunashvili and Vato Arveladze all got on the scoresheet as they demolished Gibraltar 3-0 at home.

But, just three days later, they suffered their joint-biggest competitive defeat since 2015 going down 5-1 in Denmark.

Last month though, they pulled off a massive shock at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.

Vladimír Weiss’ side held Denmark to a goalless draw in a result that could massively benefit Ireland.

Georgia’s remaining two qualifiers are in Gibraltar on Tuesday and in Switzerland in a months time.

However, despite the fact they’re not going to qualify automatically, all hope is not lost.

Far from it in fact.

This time last year, they cruised to first place in UEFA Nations League D1, amassing 16 points in a group containing Kazakhstan, Latvia and Andorra.

That means they are guaranteed a League D play-off place and will be the favourites to come through those.

Thus, it is important for them to build up some confidence ahead of those play-offs in March so can they claim a statement win here?

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Will Ireland stay top of the group?

As for the Republic of Ireland, they too have the Nations League play-offs to fall back on but are desperate to qualify automatically.

Mick McCarthy returned as manager for this campaign and his first two games in charge may not have been pretty but they were productive.

First, Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win in Gibraltar.

Then, three days later, Conor Hourihane’s free-kick saw them beat Georgia in Dublin by the same narrow scoreline.

Then came their first real test of the campaign as they travelled to face Denmark in Copenhagen.

In that one, Shane Duffy scored an 86th minute header as the Boys in Green stole a, potentially, precious point.

In their other game in June, an own goal as well as a header from Robbie Brady saw them edge out Gibraltar 2-0 at the Aviva.

Last month, they only had one qualifier but it was a big one at home to Switzerland.

Once again, they fell behind but battled back for a point thanks to a late header.

In the 85th minute this time, James McClean’s cross deflected and found David McGoldrick who nodded home his first ever goal for Ireland.

Not a bad time to get it.

All of that means Ireland have 11 points, Denmark and nine and Switzerland have eight with the Swiss having played a game less.

Given that Denmark and Switzerland are playing each other whilst this game is going on, this is a real chance for Ireland to be within touching distance of qualification.

They need two wins from their remaining three games so will one come here?

Georgia team news vs Republic of Ireland

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Vladimír Weiss’ squad is not full of recognisable names and world renowned starts.

However, what they are a very organised, difficult to break down side.

Giorgi Loria is firmly established as the number one goalkeeper and will win his 54th cap in this one.

It’s likely to be the same back four as started in their last game against Denmark.

Centre-back Solomon Kvirkvelia misses out through injury.

Giorgi Aburjania will continue to anchor the midfield with Otar Kiteishvili and Jano Ananidze playing more advances positions.

Giorgi Chakvetadze was their star during their superb UEFA Nations League campaign but he is currently out with injury.

Without him, Vako Qazaishvili and Tornike Okriashvili will be the wide players.

Giorgi Kvilitaia will lead the line looking for his fifth international goal.

Can this side derail Ireland’s hopes?

Republic of Ireland team news vs Georgia

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As for Mick McCarthy, his squad is certainly not at full strength coming into this one.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph could be bust on the occasion of his 40th cap.

In fact, this’ll be the 29th competitive international in a row he’s started, dating back to a win over Georgia in 2015.

In defence, Ireland are without both of their first-choice central defenders.

Richard Keogh will be out for nearly two years after rupturing both knee ligaments in an alleged drink-driving incident.

Shane Duffy meanwhile is also out with a calf injury but he could be back for next month’s clash with Denmark.

The absence of these two could be massive as they have been the bedrock of this campaign.

Without them, Kevin Long of Burnley and John Egan of Sheffield United will be the centre-back pairing.

They have just 12 and 5 caps respectively but did start together in the 3-1 friendly win over Bulgaria last month.

Captain Séamus Coleman will get the nod at right-back meaning Wolves’ in-form Matt Doherty will be a substitute.

Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick are expected to make up a very hard-working midfield trio.

Harry Arter, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Robbie Brady have all been left out of the squad.

Out-wide will be James McClean and the energetic Callum Robinson.

Callum O’Dowda will be an option off the bench.

Up front they’re without Shane Long, Michael Obafemi and David McGoldrick.

So after two goals on his Premier League debut at the weekend, 19-year-old Aaron Connolly is expected to make his senior debut.

Can he fire his nation to an invaluable three points?

Predicted Georgia line-up vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Georgia line-up vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Georgia line-up vs Republic of Ireland.

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Georgia

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Georgia

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Georgia.

Highlights of Gibraltar 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Denmark 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 2-0 Gibraltar

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Georgia

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

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