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

Republic of Ireland vs Georgia prediction: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Georgia

Another must win for the Republic of Ireland.

After a narrow win on Saturday, the pressure remains very much on Mick McCarthy’s side.

If they are to finish in the top two of this group, they cannot slip up here.

Will it be a memorable night at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin?

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Republic of Ireland vs Georgia: Who will win?

Ireland are odds on favourites at 3/5 to make it 6 points out of 6.

Georgia haven’t won a qualifier away from home since 2014 and are 19/4 to end that run.

A draw, which would be a disaster for Ireland, is 5/2.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score no is 8/13.

Draw and both teams to score no is 15/2.

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David McGoldrick will lead the line for Ireland looking for his first international goal. He’s 7/2 to score first and and 7/4 to net anytime.

James McClean is the top scorer in the squad with 10 goals. He’s 6/1 to score first and 13/5 to score anytime.

Valeri Qazaishvili of San Jose Earthquakes could be Georgia’s biggest threat. He’s 9/1 to score first and 4/1 to net anytime.

Both McGoldrick and McClean to score is 15/1.

Republic of Ireland vs Georgia: Match preview

Not exactly the gluttony of goals they were hoping for.

On Saturday afternoon, Ireland travelled to Victoria Stadium to take on Gibraltar on matchday 1.

Jeff Hendrick’s goal just after half time proved to be the difference in a narrow 1-0 win.

It was not a performance that is going to scare anyone but, ultimately, a win is a win.

A similarly close match is expected here too.

But, just like at the weekend, all that matters is the three points.

Will Mick McCarthy’s side be victorious once again?

As for Georgia, their qualification campaign began with a defeat on Saturday.

Despite going toe to toe with Switzerland for well over an hour, they eventually lost 2-0 in Tbilisi.

However, if they are to become the first Georgian side to appear at a major finals, it’s unlikely to be because of this campaign.

In the UEFA Nations League, they amassed 16 points topping Group D1 above Kazakhstan, Latvia and Andorra.

This means that, they are guaranteed a League D play-off next March should they fail to finish in the top two of this group.

Even with that, they’d love to get some points on the board.

Will they leave Dublin with a point or even all three?

Republic of Ireland team news vs Georgia

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Despite an underwhelming victory on Saturday, Mick McCarthy is unlikely to make two many changes.

This is mainly due to a lack of options.

The last XI he picked in his first spell in charge in 2002 contained 10 players from the Premier League.

Saturday’s side included just 4 players who play in England’s top flight.

Middlesbrough’s Darren Randolph will start in goal for the 26th competitive match in a row.

In defence, McCarthy is attempting to shoehorn both captain Séamus Coleman and star man Matt Doherty into the same side.

Coleman will start in his preferred right-back role after winning his 50th cap on Saturday.

Doherty has been pushed forward into a midfield diamond.

This’ll be anchored by the weekend’s man of the match Conor Hourihane.

Players like Robbie Brady, Harry Arter and Hourihane’s Villa teammate Glenn Whelan will be useful options from the bench.

James McClean could be their biggest goal threat.

He’s the only squad member who’s into double figures for international goals.

Up front, there’s no Shane Long, Jon Walters, Michael Obafemi, Scott Hogan and Callum Robinson.

Walters announced his retirement from football over the weekend.

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.

He’ll be joined up top by Seán Maguire of Preston who’s also never scored for Ireland.

Does this team have enough to defeat a defensively solid Georgia?

Georgia team news vs Republic of Ireland

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Vladimír Weiss is likely to be without his star man; a huge blow.

Goalkeeper Giorgi Loria will win his 49th cap searching for his 19th clean sheet for Georgia.

Guram Kashia is the experienced head at the back having won 70 caps.

Giorgi Navalovski is injured so Otar Kakabadze will continue to deputise.

In midfield, they will be captained by Jaba Kankava.

Valeri Qazaishvili could be their biggest threat.

He’s scored 15 goals in 51 appearances for MLS club San Jose Earthquakes.

However, there’s no Giorgi Chakvetadze.

The 19 year old scored 4 goals in the UEFA Nations League but is out after picking up an injury playing for Gent.

He also scored the first ever goals scored in the UEFA Nations League in Astana against Kazakhstan.

His Gent teammate Giorgi Kvilitaia will lead the line looking for his first goal in a competitive match.

Can this side frustrate their hosts?

Predicted Republic of Ireland team vs Georgia

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Georgia.

Predicted Georgia team vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Georgia line-up vs Republic of Ireland.

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Georgia

Highlights from Ireland’s qualifier win vs Gibraltar

The latest Instagram posts from Georgia pre Republic of Ireland

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

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