Rep of Ireland v Georgia Euro 2020 betting preview and tips
Mick McCarthy is back at the wheel and the Republic of Ireland will feel that they can get back in the game and qualify for the European Championship.
With Switzerland and Denmark also in the section, it means that the Irish really need to land maximum points against Georgia in order to stay in the race for a top two spot and that starts with the Tuesday clash at the Aviva Stadium.
The Dublin ground is likely to be fairly full and we should expect a passionate performance from a team who boast plenty of inexperienced players in the likes of Enda Stevens, Matt Doherty, John Egan, Conor Hourihane and James Collins.
McCarthy doesn’t have a huge pool of talent to draw upon, although there are some hardy players in the team which includes Glenn Whelan, James McClean and Jeff Hendrick in the midfield unit.
The defence also look well equipped, with Seamus Coleman captaining a rearguard who boast other leaders in the form of Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh, with McCarthy having generals all over the pitch.
Georgia are in decent nick and haven’t lost in their past six matches, although the quality of their opponents have been questionable, with the team finishing top of a Nations League group that included Kazakhstan, Latvia and Andorra.
We should expect the visitors to play in a defensive fashion against higher quality opposition, with the players operating in a wide range of domestic leagues and capable of being organised.
Ultimately, we can see the Republic controlling the game and perhaps eventually finding the breakthrough after finding their feet. McCarthy won’t be looking to reinvent the wheel after following Martin O’Neill into the job and it will be a pragmatic approach in an attempt to land a victory.
For those more ambitious, you can back the Republic to win to nil and we’re not expecting the Georgians to have many chances over the course of the ninety minutes.
The visitors are likely to run into a brick wall and don’t have anyone in the team who can really cause problems for the opposition.
Republic of Ireland win to nil @ 2.05 with bet365