Republic of Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina Betting Tips and Predictions
Republic of Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina predictions and football betting tips for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifying play-off second leg and preview for the clash.
Following a terrific draw in Bosnia, Ireland have their fate in their own hands as their opponents head to The Aviva for the return leg tonight. The match gets underway at 7:45pm and our Ireland v Bosnia preview includes three best betting tips and odds.
Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Predictions
Despite their inability to hold out nine minutes for what would have been a magnificent away win, Martin O'Neil will surely be delighted at his side's draw against his Bosnian opponents over the weekend. With several key players all unavailable, Ireland slogged it out in near-dense fog to leave themselves a terrific opportunity of qualifying for Euro 2016 next summer.
Although the match was never going to be a classic due to the immensely high stakes, the result has set up what could be an absolute cracker in Dublin tonight. In addition to their slim advantage, the Irish will also be buoyed by the return of both John O'Shea and Jon Walters from suspension to the Republic of Ireland starting line-up for tonight’s match against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Shane Long is also back in training following injury to hopefully lead the line for Martin O'Neil's side. The Southampton man's tireless front running and electric pace could prove crucial for Ireland on the break as Bosnia go in search of that all-important away goal.
Heading into the clash and the bookies have the Irish as marginal favourites in their latest Ireland v Bosnia best odds at a best price of 6/4. Bosnia can be backed at slightly longer odds of 23/10, with the draw available at 11/5.
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With a slight cushion from the first leg, it will be interesting to see how Ireland approach the game as a 0-0 would book their place in France next summer. It will certainly be a dangerous game to play if they sit back and invite pressure by essentially playing as the away side. Regardless of their tactics, though, I just fancy Ireland to nick this one in 90 minutes for my result prediction tonight.
With this in mind, my first Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia-Herzegovina prediction is for Ireland to win outright at 6/4 with Paddy Power, along with under 2.5 goals at 8/15 with the same bookmaker. Although these aren't the most breath-taking odds in the world, a combined bet of £20 would qualify you for a free £10 to use in-play once the match starts.
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Moving over to the goalscoring market, and Shane Long's price of 7/1 with Paddy Power looks absolutely outstanding value. The obvious issue with this is whether Long will start he match following a month on the sidelines with a knee injury. Therefore, back him at 7/1 as soon as the game starts, or as a next goalscorer should he come off the bench. This could be an ideal opportunity to use your free bets.
My last Republic of Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina betting tip is for Shane Long to score first; the best odds are 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Republic of Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina Predictions
Republic of Ireland to win – 9/1 with Paddy Power.
Under 2.5 goals – 8/15 with Paddy Power.
Shane Long to score first – 7/1 with Paddy Power.
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