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Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland betting tips: Euro 2020 qualifier match preview & predictions

Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland prediction: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Switzerland

The Republic of Ireland’s start to Euro 2020 qualifying has been almost flawless.

But, this is another huge game for the Boys in Green.

Dublin will host European Championship matches next summer, but will they feature Ireland?

A win here, and they’d take a massive step towards a third straight Euros but it will not be easy.

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 2-0 Gibraltar

Highlights of Switzerland 3-3 Denmark

Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland: Who will win?

The home side are rank outsiders at 13/5 to win this one.

Switzerland are favourites at 23/20 to leave the Aviva Stadium with a win.

A draw is 2/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/9.

Both teams to score no is 4/6.

Ireland to win and both teams to score no is 9/2.

Switzerland to win and both teams to score no is 21/10.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – NOVEMBER 09: Ricardo Rodríguez of Switzerland scores his sides first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

David McGoldrick is still searching for his first international goal. He is 13/2 to score first and 14/5 to score anytime.

Callum Robinson got his first Premier League goal last weekend. He is 8/1 to break the deadlock and 7/2 to score his first goal at international level.

Haris Seferović is the leading scorer in the Swiss squad with 17 international goals including four in the last 12 months. He is 9/2 to net first and 21/10 to add to his tally.

Ricardo Rodríguez got his seventh international goal in the summer, six of which have been penalties. The A.C. Milan left-back is 12/1 to open the scoring and 11/2 to net anytime.

Both James McClean and McGoldrick to score is 30/1.

Both Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick to score is 66/1.

Both Breel Embolo and Haris Seferović to score is 14/1.

Both Rodríguez and Seferović to score is 25/1.

Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland: Match preview

Euro 2020 live streaming

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)

Mick McCarthy could not have dreamt of a better start to life back in charge of Ireland.

He took over a side that had just finished bottom of their UEFA Nations League group without winning a game and scoring just one goal.

He began his second spell in charge with two must-win games, in Gibraltar and then at home to Georgia.

It certainly wasn’t pretty but win both they did.

Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal of the game just after half time in the first of those at Victoria Stadium.

Then, three days later, an amazing free-kick from Conor Hourihane saw them past Georgia by the same 1-0 scoreline.

In June, in their next double header, they travelled to Parken Stadium to take on Denmark in their first match against one of the big two in this group.

Despite a resolute defensive display they fell behind after 76 minutes.

But, with just four to play, Shane Duffy headed in a precious equaliser; 1-1 it finished.

They then moved onto ten points with a 2-0 home win over Gibraltar; an own goal and a late Robbie Brady header sealing the win.

However, it only gets tougher from here on.

After this they have three matches left: back-to-back trips to Georgia and then Switzerland before finishing with a home match against Denmark.

However, their brilliant start will give them confidence.

Do they have the quality though to beat the side currently ranked 11 in the World?

Will Switzerland leave Dublin with a win?

Granit Xhaka Switzerland

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland scores his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As for Switzerland, they are playing catch-up in these qualifiers.

On matchday one, goals from Steven Zuber and then Denis Zakaria saw them win 2-0 at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena against Georgia.

Then, three days later, they found themselves 3-0 up at home to Denmark; Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka and Breel Embolo with the goals.

But, St. Jakob-Park witnessed an amazing collapse.

Denmark scored three times in the last nine minutes to leave with a draw.

Vladimir Petković’s side were then in Portugal in June for the UEFA Nations League Finals.

In the semi-final at Estádio do Dragão, they conceded twice late on to lose 3-1 to the hosts.

That saw them drop into the third-place play-off at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães where they met England.

The match was a bore 0-0 draw with England winning 6-5 on penalties.

That means they have just four points in this qualifying group but do have games in hand.

Nevertheless, the pressure is on because, if Ireland were to win this one, Switzerland would be massively adrift.

The visitors are the favourites but will they leave Dublin with three precious points?

Republic of Ireland team news vs Switzerland

Mick McCarthy has a couple of injury concerns but, on the whole, his squad is almost at full strength.

Darren Randolph, as always, will be in goal.

He’s started Ireland’s last 28 competitive internationals in a row, keeping 14 clean sheets.

It’s expected to be the same back four that started June’s two internationals.

That includes captain Séamus Coleman but there will be no place for Wolves’ Matt Doherty due to injury.

Centre-back Shane Duffy scored his third international goal in Denmark in June and could be a threat from set-pieces once again.

In midfield, there is no Robbie Brady, Harry Arter or Aiden McGeady.

It will be four from three in the centre of the park.

Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane is expected to start alongside James McCarthy with Jeff Hendrick further forward.

Glenn Whelan, who left Villa for Heart of Midlothian in the summer, would be the man to miss out.

Callum O’Dowda and, the top scorer in the squad with ten, James McClean will start out-wide.

Callum Robinson is expected to get the nod up front ahead of his Sheffield United teammate David McGoldrick through the middle.

This is a team a little bit short on quality but they’re still capable of making it a famous night in Dublin.

Switzerland team news vs Republic of Ireland

Shaqiri Switzerland World Cup

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As for the visitors, Vladimir Petković is without a familiar face or two.

Yann Sommer of Borussia Mönchengladbach, as always, will be in goal; this’ll be his 48th cap.

In defence, experienced right-backs Michael Lang and Stephan Lichtsteiner have been left out of the squad.

Neither was likely to play anyway though as Kevin Mbabu of Young Boys is first choice there now.

Newcastle’s Fabian Schär and Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund are the first choice centre-back duo.

In midfield, talisman Xherdan Shaqiri has pulled out of the squad as he wants to focus on his career at Liverpool.

This is a huge blow as he’s scored 22 goals in 82 appearances for the national side with 17 of those coming in competitive matches.

Captain Granit Xhaka will be partnered by Denis Zakaria at the base of midfield.

With no Shaqiri and no Steven Zuber too, Remo Freuler, Renato Steffen and Christian Fassnacht will be tasked with creativity.

Up front, Benfica’s Haris Seferović will be looking to add to his 17 international goals.

West Ham’s new signing Albian Ajeti and Breel Embolo will be options off the bench.

Will this side simply prove too strong for the Republic of Ireland?

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Switzerland.

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Republic of Ireland.

Highlights of Gibraltar 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia

Highlights of Denmark 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Portugal 3-1 Switzerland

Highlights of England 0-0 Switzerland

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Switzerland

The latest tweets Switzerland pre Republic of Ireland

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

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