After a long meeting and a vote of confidence, Giovanni Trapattoni is to remain as the Ireland manager, and he faces a stern test when a solid Greek side visit Dublin for this friendly.
Should you fancy the Boys in Green to find a victory in front of what is unfortunately likely to be a small home crowd, their best odds are with Betfair who are offering 81/50. Should you fancy the Greeks to put Trapattoni under immediate pressure within his job then back them with Pinnacle who offer 79/40, whilst the draw is top price with Coral who have it as 23/10.
Greece have shown of late that they are capable of facing difficult away trips and picking up results having won in Slovakia, Latvia and Norway in their last 6 matches. However, none of these sides are set with the same rigidity that Trapattoni instils in his Irish side. Taking on sides of the same quality of Greece is something of a speciality for Trap’s side, and it looks likely they’ll pick up a result. James McCarthy is currently in good form at Wigan and although the midfielder who turned 22 on Monday is not guaranteed a starting berth, he will be key to any Irish success here. Against a Greek midfield that was easily overran in Slovakia he should get more space than he is used to at Wigan, and could be a good shout for an anytime goalscorer at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
Whilst they haven’t been sparkling of late, Rep. of Ireland should still be able to overcome Greece here. Continued pressure from Ireland will see Greek mistakes which Ireland will be able to capitalise on, though it will take several opportunities before Ireland finally take their chance. Back the Irish to win by exactly 1 goal at 10/3 with Bet365.
Rep. of Ireland to win by 1 goal @ 10/3 with Bet365
James McCarthy to score anytime @ 9/1 with Ladbrokes
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