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Republic of Ireland v Portugal betting tips: Irish long shots in Dublin

| 08.11.2021

Republic of Ireland v Portugal betting tips and preview

Republic of Ireland are out of the running for a place at next year’s World Cup and simply playing for third place ahead of Thursday’s clash with Portugal.

Stephen Kenny’s men are a point adrift of Luxembourg with two games remaining and 9/1 to pull off a shock win against Portugal in Dublin.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s side are a point behind Group A leaders Serbia but have a game in hand so let’s look at some of the options in our Republic of Ireland v Portugal betting tips.

Match Odds

The Irish were just minutes away from a stunning win at the Estadio Algarve at the start of September only for Ronaldo to ruin the party with two superb headers.

Portugal are just 1/3 for another victory or 11/5 to win and concede once again while they are 17/2 to win from behind as they did in September.

The visitors, though, have won their last two qualifiers without conceding and are evens to win to nil again or 2/1 to win both halves as they did against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.

Ronaldo has scored six goals during qualifying and opened the scoring in the 5-0 victory over Luxembourg, so we go 9/1 on the Manchester United striker breaking the deadlock in a 2-0 win as a scorecast option.

Fernando Santos’ side have been leading inside half an hour in their last two matches and they will want to burst out of the blocks to silence the Irish crowd.

We go 10/3 and 29/20 respectively on the visitors to be ahead inside 15 or 30 minutes in our Republic of Ireland v Portugal betting tips.

In our #GetAPrice section Portugal are 15/8 to win either half, the visitors to score at least twice and keep a clean sheet.

Talking Tactics

Kenny went with a 3-4-2-1 for the game in Portugal where Adam Idah started up front supported by Aaron Connolly and St Mirren’s Jamie McGrath.

Seamus Coleman returns from injury and Jayson Molumby and Alan Browne are back from suspension while Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda has been drafted into the squad to replace injured striker James Collins.

Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota are all included in a strong squad which is expected to line up in a 4-3-3 with Ronaldo spearheading the attack.

Goalscorer Odds

Ronaldo is 9/5 to break the deadlock or 8/15 just to find the net while the captain to score at least twice is priced at 5/2.

Jota opened the scoring in Serbia and is 4/1 to net the game’s first goal or 13/8 to find the net while Fernandes can be backed at 7/1 and 13/5 in both markets.

Silva bagged the opener in Azerbaijan and is 5/1 and 9/5 in the two options.

Idah and Callum Robinson are both 10/1 to net the game’s opener and 7/2 to get on the scoresheet.

Match Info

Where:  Aviva Stadium, Dublin

When: 19:45, Thursday 11th November

How to watch: Sky Sports

View the latest World Cup qualification odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Stuart Walker