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

Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland prediction: Gibraltar 0-4 Republic of Ireland

Mick McCarthy is back as Ireland manager.

He’ll leave the post next year so has got one shot at trying to take the nation team to a major finals.

With Euro 2020 games taking place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, there is an added incentive to get there.

It won’t be easy and they cannot afford a slip up here.

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IPSWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 21: Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road on August 21, 2016 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland: Who will win?

Gibraltar are rank outsiders at 28/1 to get the most famous win in their short history.

Ireland won 4-0 in their previous away match against Gibraltar and are 1/25 to win this time too.

Even a draw at 12/1 would be a huge shock.

Over 2.5 goals is 2/7.

Both teams to score no is 1/4.

Ireland to win and over 2.5 goals is 1/5.

Ireland to win and over 3.5 goals is 8/13.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Matt Doherty of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on October 6, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Reece Styche will be up front for the home side. He is 33/1 to score first and 10/1 to get his first international goal.

David McGoldrick will lead the line for Ireland. He’s 3/1 to break the deadlock and 8/11 to score anytime.

James McClean is the top scorer in the squad with 10 goals. The Stoke City forward is 9/2 to score first and 13/2 to net anytime.

Both McGoldrick and McClean to score is 16/5.

Both McGoldrick and Robbie Brady to score is 4/1.

Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland: Match preview

Gibraltar will never forget their UEFA Nations League campaign.

Their 1-0 win over Armenia in Yerevan was their first ever competitive win.

Then, just 3 days later, they came from a goal down to defeat Liechtenstein in their first ever competitive home win.

They ended up finishing third in League D4 on six points.

Prior to that, they’d lost all 20 qualifiers they’d played, conceding 103 and scoring just 5.

That trend seems likely to continue in this group but can they get their first ever qualification point?

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Nabil Fekir shoots a free kick at goal of France and of Ireland during the International Friendly match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on May 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

As for the Republic of Ireland, after a miserable couple of years, can Mick McCarthy bring back the good times.

2017 ended with the 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark.

Heartbreaking.

Then, last year, they were relegated from UEFA Nations League B4 with just two points from 4 games.

They finished 11th out of 12 in the overall League B ranking so will need a lot of things to go their way if they’re to get a play-off spot.

That poor form saw Martin O’Neil sacked after 5 years in charge.

The new manager wants to forget all of that and look forward.

If Ireland were to get there, they would play their Euro 2020 matches in Dublin which is a massive incentive for this side.

However, this group also contains Switzerland, Georgia and Denmark.

Finishing above either one of Switzerland or Denmark is going to be very tough but, if they are to do that, they cannot afford to drop a point here.

Will it be a routine win?

Gibraltar team news vs Republic of Ireland

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Manager Julio César Ribas will be hoping for a compact defensive performance from his team.

Goalkeeper Kyle Goldwin made 10 saves in the 1-0 win in Armenia and will win his seventh cap.

They’ll be captained by 36 year old Roy Chipolina at the back.

However, his brother Joseph Chipolina is out with injury.

Ethan Britto will come in at left-back.

Centre-back Jack Sergeant plays in England for West Didsbury & Chorlton of the the North West Counties League which is the ninth tier.

In midfield, Liam Walker has played 35 of the 36 games Gibraltar have ever played.

Andre Hernandez will get the nod over the more attack minded Anthony Hernandez .

Up front, George Cabrera who scored in the Nations League win over Liechtenstein, is injured.

Reece Styche is likely to come in.

He also plays in England for National League North team Alfreton Town.

Can this side pull off the most famous result in their history?

It seems unlikely.

Republic of Ireland team news vs Gibraltar

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary’s Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

As for the Republic of Ireland, they’re without 12 potential starters through injury.

In goal, Darren Randolph will start for the 25th competitive match in a row.

In defence, they’re without Stephen Ward and Ciaran Clark.

Enda Stevens will start at left-back with Richard Keogh partnering Shane Duffy at centre-back.

Duffy has made more headed clearances than anybody else in the Premier League (119).

McCarthy has a right-back conundrum to solve.

Séamus Coleman is the captain and the squad’s most experienced member.

However, Matt Doherty has been outstanding for Wolves and surely can’t be left out.

So, it seems likely that Doherty will win his sixth cap.

In midfield, there’s no Callum O’Dowda, Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, David Meyler or Daryl Horgan.

Robbie Brady will come in on the left despite having not started for Burnley since 15 December.

James McClean will be on the other wing looking for his 11th international goal.

Conor Hourihane is expected to play in the middle with his Aston Villa teammate, Glenn Whelan, saved for Tuesday.

Up front, Shane Long, Jon Walters, Michael Obafemi, Scott Hogan and Callum Robinson are all injured.

David McGoldrick, who’s got 12 goals for Sheffield United this season, is expected to start a competitive international for the first time at the age of 31.

This Ireland team is not at full strength but surely they’ll have enough to see off Gibraltar, won’t they?

Predicted Gibraltar team vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Gibraltar line-up vs Republic of Ireland.

Predicted Republic of Ireland team vs Gibraltar

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Gibraltar.

The latest tweets from Gibraltar pre Republic of Ireland

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Gibraltar

Highlights from Ireland’s Nations League draws vs Denmark

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

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