Republic of Ireland v Scotland betting tips: Low-scoring encounter on cards in Dublin
Preview, odds and Republic of Ireland v Scotland betting tips
A week after missing out on a place at this year’s World Cup, Scotland started their Nations League campaign with victory over Armenia on Wednesday night.
A 2-0 win in Glasgow sent the Scots to the top of the Group B1 table, but the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat at home to a much-changed Ukraine team means they are pointless and goalless after two games.
These two nations are meeting for the first time in seven years as we look at the odds and talking points in our Republic of Ireland v Scotland betting tips.
Republic of Ireland v Scotland form
Anthony Ralston and Scott McKenna scored their first international goals at rain-soaked Hampden Park as Scotland dusted themselves down following their World Cup play-off defeat by Ukraine.
Despite topping the table, Scotland are the underdogs to beat 33/20 favourites Ireland, who had been on an eight-game unbeaten run in the build-up to the Nations League which included draws against Belgium and Portugal, but 1-0 losses against Armenia and Ukraine have set them back.
Half-time substitute Viktor Tsygankov’s 48th-minute free-kick extended the Republic’s winless run in the Nations League to 12 games, scoring just twice since the tournament started in 2018, so Scotland catch the eye at 9/5 to win in Dublin or they are 16/5 to win to nil bearing in mind Stephen Kenny’s side have yet to score in the tournament.
Shane Duffy almost snatched a draw 11 minutes from time when he rattled the crossbar with a header, but it was the visitors who prevailed having also had a spectacular opener ruled out for an offside during the build-up.
Kenny said: “We always knew that Ukraine would be a tough game – they got to the quarter-finals of the European Championship, they’re a quality team, so that was always going to be a tough game. But of course we would want points. I’m just raging that we didn’t get at least one win there in the two narrow games.”
The Republic have now won just two of their past 12 home games but 4-0 and 1-0 wins against Qatar and Lithuania were friendlies, so you have to go back three years since their last competitive success, a 2-0 win against Gibraltar in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Republic of Ireland v Scotland head to head
Goals tend to be in short supply when these nations meet, with eight of the last nine involving two or fewer.
Scotland beat Ireland 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying at Hampden Park and they are 11/2 to consign Saturday’s hosts to a third successive defeat by that scoreline.
A goalless draw is available at 11/2 and 1-1 is priced at 9/2 in Saturday’s Republic of Ireland v Scotland betting tips.
Republic of Ireland v Scotland team news
Clarke made six changes for the visit of Armenia but will be more conservative when he names his team for the game against Republic of Ireland.
The former West Brom and Kilmarnock boss said: “You have to react to different games, different situations and different results can change your mind a little bit. I was pleased with the team the other night, I thought they did well. There will be some more rotations but maybe not as many as six.”
Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie has been drafted into the squad, with goalkeeper Zander Clark and defender Liam Cooper dropping out for their respective weddings.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 10, 2022
Clarke lined up Scotland in a 3-4-3 against Armenia, with Jack Hendry playing in the heart of defence flanked by McKenna and John Souttar.
Skipper Andy Robertson and Ralston played in an advanced roles on the left and right respectively, with John McGinn and Callum McGregor operating in central midfield.
Che Adams led the line, supported by Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Christie, but Ross Stewart may get more time to shine after making his debut as a late substitute.
"Overall a really proud night."
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 8, 2022
Republic skipper Seamus Coleman and fellow defender John Egan have been ruled out with groin and ankle injuries respectively.
Kenny said: “Seamus Coleman is ruled out. He’s obviously come in with the injury he had at the end of the season, his groin injury, so he’s ruled out and has left the camp.
“John Egan is ruled out as well with an ankle injury, and we’ve one or two late fitness tests on one on two players, but hopefully everyone else will be OK.”
With Ireland struggling for goals it may pay dividends to go with one of their defenders to get on the scoresheet at the weekend.
Duffy remains their most dangerous threat at set-pieces and he is 18/1 to break the deadlock or 17/2 in the anytime market.
CJ Hamilton came on as a late substitute against Ukraine and is 7/2 to bag his first international goal.
Celtic right-back Ralston is 28/1 to bag the opening goal for Scotland again or 12/1 just to score, the same odds as Robertson, while McKenna is 40/1 and 20/1 in the two markets.
Where: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
When: 17:00, Saturday 11th June
How to watch: Premier Sports 1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication