Poland v Republic of Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 09, 2018
Stadion Miejski - International Friendly
Martin O'Neill's Ireland side head to Poland for a friendly tie in midweek, with crisis and controversy affecting the squad in recent weeks.
These two sides faced each other during qualifying for Euro 2016, with Poland winning in Warsaw and drawing 1-1 in Dublin. In total Poland have lost just once in their last six meetings with Ireland, including three draws.
Poland have fitness concerns over midfield pair Piotr Zielinski and Mateusz Klich ahead of the visit of Ireland. Manager Jerzy Brzeczek could also look to field a more experimental side, with Karol Linetty and Krzysztof Piatek set to start.
Ireland are without a host of players through injuries and withdrawals, and O'Neill may also blood some of his fringe players, with Matt Doherty, Enda Steven and Graham Burke all set to play a role.
Poland v Republic of Ireland Preview and Predictions
Both sides kicked off their Euro Nations League campaign inside this international break, with Poland drawing 1-1 away in Italy, and Ireland demolished 4-1 away in Wales.
The Irish loss has raised further questions about O'Neill, and his assistant Roy Keane, with pressure mounting on them following their capitulation in Cardiff. Regaining some pride will be the main priority in Poland, and with the hosts set to field a weakened side, Ireland could grab a battling draw - priced at 11/4.
Neither side are in great goal scoring form, with Poland scoring three goals in their last four games, and Ireland also netting three. With that in mind, this clash is unlikely to be a goal fest for neutrals, and an under 2.5 total goals bet comes in at 8/11.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
Both sides are not in their greatest moment, Ireland more recently and Poland on the back of a disappointing showing at the World Cup this summer. O'Neill is under real pressure, and another loss could create chaos for him, so they desperately need a result in this one.
Poland to score first at 4/9
Ireland have conceded first, and inside in the first half, in three of their last four games. With O'Neill's preferred position being that of a default for Ireland to come back from. Alongside that, Poland have also scored first in their last two games.