Ireland v Gibraltar Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 08, 2019
Aviva Stadium - European Championship Qualifiers
Ireland look to get back to winning ways on Monday evening, as they welcome a Gibraltar side ranked 195th in the world according to FIFA. Mick McCarthy's side are unbeaten in four games, but have struggled offensively, so should benefit from playing against a side with limited attacking ambition.
Ireland have traditionally overcome Gibraltar with ease, but struggled in the reverse fixture, as poor pitch quality added to an uninventive display, with Jeff Hendrick scoring the only goal of the game.
Mick McCarthy may decide to rotate his side, potentially bringing in more offensive options. This could see Matt Doherty feature at right-back ahead of captain Seamus Coleman, and Richard Keogh stepping into the back line.
Julio Cesar Ribas is unlikely to make major changes from the side that lost to Georgia, with Chipolina brothers, Roy and Jeff both starting and Anthony Hernandez starting up front.
Ireland v Gibraltar Predictions and Preview
Ireland are going into the game in great form, unbeaten in four and top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group, three points clear of their nearest competitors, Switzerland.
However, concerns over their goal-scoring ability may arise, with only three form their last six games. Against Gibraltar, who are likely to sit back and defend, their lack of a top-quality striker could well be an issue, as it was when the sides last met. Seven games have passed without an Ireland striker, or even out-and-out winger scoring a goal, and although David McGoldrick is 4/9 to score on Monday, the Sheffield United man is better suited for running the channels.
With 15 goals to his name this season in the Championship, McGoldrick is more than able to slot them in, but against quality opposition may struggle to step up. This is unlikely to be the issue against Gibraltar however, with Ribas' squad made up almost entirely of semi-professionals.
Despite being underdogs, the Rock have secured their first competitive wins over the past 12 months, and with a highly passionate manager, may yet again give Ireland more than they bargained for.
Callum Robinson to score anytime at 2/5
Although his spot is under threat from Callum O'Dowda, the Preston man's 12 goals this season should give him the edge.
Ireland to win to nil at 2/7
Despite struggling in front of goal Mick McCarthy's team have been strong defensively and should keep a clean sheet.