Football betting predictions for Republic of Ireland vs Italy on Saturday 31st May with a first scorer betting tip.
Craven Cottage is the venue for this international friendly. I’m sure all you England fans will be watching with wide eyes, as the next time we see them in action it’ll be against England (providing you don’t watch Italy vs Luxemburg, which I don’t think you will) in Brazil on June 4th.
Italy are obviously going to approach this game in a lower gear than Ireland to avoid injuries to key players. The Italian’s face a tough job against the crack-team of Martin O’Neil and Roy Keane, that’s why we can’t ignore match odds of 5/1 for the Irish to win as our first football tip which is great value for money at Ladbrokes.
If you’re a stats person – then you’ll want to back Italy – as they have by far the better record, beating Ireland on 9 out of 14 matches. Bet365 are offering 4/9 for Cesare Prandelli's side to win; while the draw is 11/4 at Betfred.
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It’s too early to judge the Irish team under O’Neil but he will be looking to notch up a few wins before they begin their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, while Italy will be looking to build confidence before the World Cup and you can read our England vs Italy betting tips here. I think over 2.5 goals look the most likely for this match and bet365 are offering odds of 21/20 on this market.
The players on both sides will be looking to make an impression on their respective managers. Both teams have a mixture of youth and experience to call on. This is the sort of game where experience often prevails, so on that note we’re going to go with Pirlo to score in the match at 15/4 with Bet365 and it isn’t hard to imagine him curling in a free kick or chipping a penalty down the middle of the goal. For our Ireland football betting tip we’re going with Robbie Keane to score first at odds of 17/2 at Betfred – and let’s face it, who’d be surprised?
Ireland to win – bet here at 5/1 with Ladbrokes: new accounts get £50 free.
Andrea Pirlo to score anytime – bet here at 15/4 with Bet365: new accounts get £200 free.
Robbie Keane to score first – bet here at 17/2 with Betfred: new accounts get a no deposit £10.
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