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Bet on Rep of Ireland vs Norway – Debutants set for huge test

| 17.11.2010

Giovanni Trapatonni will be forced into handing out new caps for the tie with Norway after his Irish team was decimated by injury.

10 players have withdrawn from the Irish squad including Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, Darron Gibson, Kevin Kilbane and Sean St Ledger.

Match Odds

Norway head to Dublin ranked as the 13th best team in the world and the Irish debutantes will have to adjust to international football quickly if they are to defeat this Norwegian side.

Norway have lost just two of their last 10 games, winning the other eight and were unbeaten in four away from home until a 2-1 defeat in Croatia in their last game.

But despite their strong record, Norway are as big as 9/4 to beat Ireland.

Ireland are the 5/4 favourites but considering the decimated squad, it may be worth taking on Ireland against a team that have only failed to score once in their last 14 games.

Total Goals

In Ireland’s last five home games they have scored 10 goals, including the 1-0 defeat to Argentina, but the loss of Robbie Keane is a big blow who scored four of those 10 goals.

Norway’s goals come from all over the pitch but the men Ireland need to watch out for are John Arne Riise and Erik Huseklepp, 4/1 and 3/1 respectively to score any time.

Norway have scored eight goals in their past five games so it may be worth taking a punt on over 3.5 goals which is available at 3/1, although 6/5 for over 2.5 goals is very tempting.

Both teams to score is available at 1/1 in the Republic of Ireland vs Norway betting market and the fans that fill Lansdowne Road can have high hopes of a entertaining friendly.

Kevin Doyle is 6/4 to score any time for Ireland and the Irish team will need his goals. See the full Republic of Ireland vs Norway betting odds here.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.