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A case of how many for Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar

04 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
A case of how many for Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar

Ignore the pre-match warnings about complacency - Martin O’Neill’s side are certain to triumph emphatically in this must-win encounter

Assistant coach Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland could “slip up” against Gibraltar if the players lose focus.

He is fibbing.

Of course, it is not in Keane’s interest to say anything else when fulfilling his pre-game media obligations.

But there is no way Martin O’ Neill’s side will not win the match comfortably.

Ireland, who are fourth in Group D and face fifth-placed Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Monday, realistically need six points to remain in contention to qualify for Euro 2016.

The first fixture should be easy.

The reverse meeting in Dublin last October resulted in a 7-0 defeat for Gibraltar, who have also twice lost by the same score-line at home and are 9/1 to do so again.

Robbie Keane scored a 13-minute hat-trick during that drubbing – becoming the leading scorer in European Championship qualifying history in the process – and is 7/2 to strike three times again.

The 35-year-old is no longer guaranteed his place in the team, however, and was introduced as a substitute for the 1-1 draw against Scotland in Dublin in June.

The LA Galaxy striker – who has scored 65 times in 140 internationals – could be used off the bench again and is 5/2 to get the last goal of the game.

Gibraltar, meanwhile, have enjoyed modest moments of success since being confirmed as the newest of UEFA’s 54 member associations two-and-a-half years ago.

Having held Slovakia to a goalless draw in their first-ever recognised international in November 2013 – a remarkable achievement – they are 66/1 to achieve the same result against Ireland.

The part-timers – bottom of the group and with a goal difference of -33 – scored their only goal of their maiden qualifying campaign during their 6-1 defeat against Scotland in March.

Still yet to experience the thrill of scoring a competitive goal at their temporary home of the Estádio Algarve in Portugal, Gibraltar are 7/2 to net another consolation goal in an Ireland win on Friday.

That would represent a fine night’s work for the hosts.

For Ireland, though, the task is simple.

They must win well – and with plenty to spare – before readying themselves for their crucial clash against Georgia in three days’ time.

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