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Everton magician to net among Ireland v Gibraltar best bets

| 11.10.2014

The Republic of Ireland take on one of the few sides in history comprised of players of more dubious nationality than their own when Gibraltar turn up at the Aviva Stadium.

Allen Bula’s hotchpotch of latter-day citizens from the British Oversees Territory were given a 7-0 hiding by Poland in their first Group D encounter.

Hopes will be high that Martin O’Neill’s men will profit to a similar extent, but how can those planning a punting raid on the fixture do likewise?

Read on for our three best bets…

Gibraltar (+5) to win @ 17/20

Some 16 fixtures have elapsed since the Boys in Green last rang the bell four times in the same fixture, beating Georgia 4-0 in June 2013.

Not since national neighbours Northern Ireland were put down 5-0 43 games ago have they mustered sufficient strikes to sink this handicap wager.

More goals in the second half @ 8/11

O’Neill had the following words of inspiration for Labrokes bettors keen on this suggested punt, when quizzed by reporters ahead of the fixture.

“I was speaking to the Polish representatives and they were saying how difficult the game against Gibraltar was, breaking them down, scoring the goal in the first half – they were obviously relieved about it.”

Just one of the Poles’ septet of strikes at Estadio Algarve came before the interval and only the Faroe Islands have notched more than one first-half goal against ‘Team 54’ in their five-game history.

Aiden McGeady to score anytime @ 10/11

We’ve already read of the respect a Polish strike-force featuring the razor sharp Robert Lewandowski had for the Gibraltarian stubborn streak.

As such, scorer punters are advised to side with the classiest player at the Republic’s disposal, a man who struck twice in their last outing.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Thomas Reynolds