Gibraltar v Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 19, 2019
Victoria Stadium - Euro 2020 Qualifying
The Republic of Ireland travel to Gibraltar this weekend to take on the team ranked 194th in the world on Saturday evening. It’s tough to see anything other than a comfortable return to the Irish hot seat for Mick McCarthy.
These two teams have only ever played each other twice, which was in qualifying for Euro 2016. Ireland spanked Gibraltar 7-0 in Dublin before heading to the Algarve to win 4-0 in the return later in the campaign.
The big news ahead of this game is that Shane Long has pulled out of the Ireland squad due to a groin injury. Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien replaces him, while Derby County’s Richard Keogh has turned down an operation on a broken hand to play for his country if required.
The home team’s going to be filled with semi-pro and amateur players on Saturday. Most of the Gibraltar squad play in their home league, while the rest is predominantly made up of non-league English players.
Gibraltar v Ireland Preview and Predictions
Ireland’s big victories over Gibraltar in qualifying for the last European Championship were no fluke. Since being recognised by UEFA and FIFA, Gibraltar have lost all 20 of their qualifying fixtures for Euro 2016 and last summer’s World Cup, conceding 103 goals in the process.
Anything other than an easy night’s work for the Irish would be seen as a huge shock. However, Ireland aren’t in great form at the moment, and haven’t scored in any of their last four matches. Three of those games were 0-0 draws, while the other was a 1-0 defeat at home to Wales.
Disappointingly, Ireland failed to win any of their four Nations League fixtures on their way to relegation to League C. Despite that, the Boys in Green are red hot favourites to get the win this weekend. They are 1/25 in the betting, while Gibraltar are available at 50/1. The hosts don’t seem to have much chance, having only ever won four full international fixtures in their history.
Three of those did come in 2018 though, against Latvia, Armenia and Lichtenstein. A draw would be a historic result for the minnows of Gibraltar, giving them their first point in qualification for a major tournament. They are 14/1 to get it this weekend. Much more likely though is a comfortable away win.
Ireland to win to nil at 3/10
Gibraltar have only scored five goals in their 20 qualifying matches, while Ireland have only conceded once in their last four fixtures.
Ireland to win and over 4.5 goals at 2/1
Ireland scored 11 goals home and away against Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifying, while Gibraltar have conceded more than five goals a game on average in qualifying matches.