England vs Republic of Ireland: Betting tips, predictions, odds and match preview
England are looking to bounce back from their Denmark defeat as they take on neighbours Republic of Ireland on Thursday evening.
England vs Republic of Ireland: Predictions
Like in their friendly with Wales last month, England could make a raft of changes for this friendly fixture against neighbours Republic of Ireland, with more important Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Belgium just a few days away.
The Republic of Ireland have work to do in their Nations League group, havign picked up just two points from their first four games. To make matters worse, their dream of reaching next summer’s European Championship was ended last month with a play-off loss to Slovakia.
Stephen Kenny will be desperate for some improved performances and results in this break as his Boys in Green have now gone six matches without a win and with a long break ensuing after these matches until the next international break, some morale-boosting victories are required for the Irish players and fans.
For England, consistency is the key. Although a much-changed side beat Wales before an excellent performance against Belgium, they lost their last match against Denmark thanks to a Christian Eriksen penalty and still have work to do to reach the levels of consistency required to win major tournaments.
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England vs Republic of Ireland: Stats
It’s in attack where the Republic of Ireland have struggled for some time now and despite Stephen Kenny generally preferring an attack-minded approach during his club career, his side have failed to score in their last four matches.
Jack Grealish famously appeared for the Republic of Ireland’s youth squads before declaring for England and after picking up assist against Wales last month and another assist in his club Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal on Sunday we fancy him to lay another goal on here.
England vs Republic of Ireland: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: England 2-0 Republic of Ireland
14 Nov 1990 – Republic of Ireland 1-1 England (UEFA European Championship)
27 Mar 1991 – England 1-1 Republic of Ireland (UEFA European Championship)
15 Feb 1995 – Republic of Ireland 0-0 England (International Friendly)
29 May 2013 – England 1-1 Republic of Ireland (International Friendly)
07 Jun 2015 – Republic of Ireland 0-0 England (International Friendly)
The last six meetings between these two neighbours have ended in draws, meaning that a total of nine draws have now occurred in the 16 previous match-ups.
A goalless draw was played out at the Aviva Stadium in the last meeting between the two sides back in 2015, which the match taking place just a few days following the culmination of the 2014/2015 domestic campaign.