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Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand betting tips: International friendly match preview & predictions

Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand prediction: Republic of Ireland 2-1 New Zealand

With a huge qualifier to come, the Republic of Ireland will be looking to prepare well.

On Monday night at the Aviva, they host old foes Denmark in a do or die clash with Euro 2020 qualification on the line.

First though, they welcome New Zealand in this friendly.

Will the Boys in Green get a much needed moral boosting victory?

Highlights of Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand: Who will win?

Republic of Ireland, as hosts, are huge favourites to win this match at 2/7.

New Zealand meanwhile are a huge 7/1 to leave Dublin with a win.

Even a draw would be an upset and that is 9/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 1/2.

Both teams to score is 5/6.

Ireland to win and both teams to score is 13/8.

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ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Sean Maguire could be Ireland’s main goal threat. He is 4/1 to open the scoring and 13/10 to net anytime.

Scott Hogan will also be hoping to get his first international goal. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 5/4 to open his account.

Chris Wood is the most prolific striker on the pitch. The Burnley forward is 9/1 to score first and 16/5 to add to his impressive international tally.

Both Maguire and James Collins to score is 13/2.

Both Callum O’Dowda and Maguire to score is 11/1.

Both Callum McCowatt and Chris Wood to score is 18/1.

Both Elijah Just and Chris Wood to score is 28/1.

Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand: Match preview

Last month, the Republic of Ireland’s campaign was derailed.

In their first of back to back away matches, they could not find the breakthrough so were held to a goalless draw in Tbilisi by Georgia.

Then, three days later, they were in Geneva knowing a famous away win would book their place at Euro 2020.

But, they conceded early and hardly recovered from there.

Late in the second half, captain Séamus Coleman was sent off before an own goal by Shane Duffy condemned them to defeat against Switzerland.

So, as it was always likely to be in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group D, there’s three teams vying for two positions.

At the moment, Ireland are joint-top on 12 alongside Denmark with Switzerland a point back.

However, those two have a game in hand on Ireland which will take place on Friday.

Denmark hosts Gibraltar while Switzerland welcome Georgia in games they are both expected to win.

Thus, the only way Ireland can qualify automatically now is to beat Denmark at home on Monday night.

This’ll bring back painful memories as, just two years ago, the Danes ran rampant in Dublin in the World Cup play-off, winning 5-1 and ensuring Ireland did not go to Russia.

If the same was to happen again, all hope would not be lost for Mick McCarthy’s side.

They have the safety net of the UEFA Nations League B play-offs; a one-legged semi-final and a potential one-legged final.

The teams they could face in that may include, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Wales, Slovakia or Northern Ireland.

That wouldn’t be easy, hence why they’ll be desperate to get the job done on Monday night.

First though, will they claim victory in this friendly?

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)

Can the Kiwis cause a shock?

As for New Zealand, their national team is in a rather peculiar position right now.

Their last competitive match came on 15 November 2017 in the FIFA World Cup inter-confederation play-offs.

Like their hosts, they narrowly missed out on the World Cup, losing 2-0 in Peru after a goalless draw in Wellington.

In fact, this is their first match of any kind since July 2018 when they took part in the 2018 Intercontinental Cup, playing India, Kenya and Chinese Taipei.

However, just in general, as an OFC nation, they remain in an odd position.

The All Whites sit 121st in the FIFA World Rankings with the next highest-ranked Oceanic nation being the Solomon Islands who are 140th.

Next summer, they will take part in the OFC Nations Cup which they will, as always, be huge favourites to win.

To give some idea of their level, one could look at their results at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

There, they lost 2-0 to hosts Russia, 2-1 to Gold Cup winners Mexico and 4-0 to European Champions Portugal.

That means they have not won any of their 12 Confederations Cup matches or any of their six World Cup games.

From 2026, OFC will be guaranteed one World Cup place as opposed to the solitary intercontinental spot they have now.

Thus, this is a country that should get better in the long term.

Danny Hay’s side face Lithuania in Vilnius on Sunday so will they get a positive result from the first part of their European tour?

Republic of Ireland team news vs New Zealand

The Republic of Ireland have helpfully already published their confirmed team for the friendly against New Zealand.

The team news and predicted line-up below were posted before this team was announced.

Confirmed Republic of Ireland team vs New Zealand

Confirmed Republic of Ireland team vs New Zealand

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)

Given the magnitude of Monday’s clash, Mick McCarthy is unlikely to risk any of his key players.

Just like in their other friendly of 2019 against Bulgaria, he will give fringe players a chance.

First choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph is an injury worry for Monday so will not play here.

Thus, Mark Travers will win his second cap; the other came in that win over Bulgaria in September.

In defence, both Séamus Coleman and Shane Duffy are suspended for the Denmark match on Monday.

Both are huge blows given that they have 88 caps between them.

Given that none of Monday’s potential starters will play, Burnley’s Kevin Long will start at centre-back alongside Duffy.

Celtic teenager Lee O’Conner is expected to win his first senior cap.

He can play anywhere across the back four but will be deployed at right-back for this one with Derrick Williams on the other side.

In midfield, Glenn Whelan, James McClean, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Hourihane will all be protected.

This’ll give chances to Robbie Brady and Callum O’Dowda to start out-wide.

Alan Judge, Alan Browne and Josh Cullen will be the central duo.

Up front, it’s likely to be Callum Robinson on the right and David McGoldrick through the middle in the qualifier.

So, for this one, Sean Maguire will lead the line.

Aaron Connolly is injured but Troy Parrott could get a chance off the bench.

Will this mix and match side be too strong for New Zealand?

Update: In his pre-match press conference, Mick McCarthy confirmed that “The younger lads will play. Lee O’Connell will play. Troy Parrott will start and Jack Byrne will start.”

New Zealand team news vs Republic of Ireland

NEWPORT, WALES – SEPTEMBER 30: General view as heavy rain falls during the Guinness PRO14 match between Dragons and Southern Kings at Rodney Parade on September 30, 2017 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

As for New Zealand, the majority of their squad ply their trade in the Australian A-League.

The rest play their club football around the world in America, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Switzerland, Denmark and England.

Goalkeeper Stefan Marinović is one of four Wellington Phoenix players and he will win his 25th cap in this one.

In defence, they have West Ham United defender Winston Reid back in the fold.

The Kiwi captain last made a Premier League appearance  for West Ham on March 3 2018, due to a knee injury.

He’ll start this one at centre-back alongside Bill Tuiloma of Portland Timbers.

Liberato Cacace and Storm Roux will be the full-backs.

Further forward, Michael McGlinchey and Matthew Ridenton will anchor the midfield.

Sarpreet Singh of Bayern Munich II will be one of the wide-players.

Ryan Thomas and Marco Rojas will make up the attacking trio.

Chris Wood of Burnley will lead the line.

He has 24 goals in 56 international caps including scoring against Mexico at the most recent FIFA Confederations Cup.

Will he add to that and fire his side to a famous friendly win?

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs New Zealand

(Graphic was put together before Mick McCarthy confirmed that Troy Parrott and Jack Byrne will start the game.)

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs New Zealand

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs New Zealand.

Predicted New Zealand team vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted New Zealand team vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted New Zealand team vs Republic of Ireland.

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Highlights of Republic of Ireland 2-0 Gibraltar

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

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Highlights of Mexico 2-1 New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand 0-4 Portugal

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre New Zealand

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

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