The Republic of Ireland got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a flying start as expected, Mick McCarthy’s men collecting all three points in their meeting with group minnows Gibraltar. Nevertheless it was a far from convincing effort from the Irish with Jeff Hendrick scoring the only goal of the match in the 49th minute and the travelling contingent will have gone home less than convinced of their side’s chances of qualifying for the tournament.
Gibraltar have been subjected to some huge defeats since they arrived on the international circuit a few years back and as such Ireland went into this match as massive favourites despite a disappointing run of form beforehand. Their cutting edge up-front was almost non-existent and they will certainly struggle against the likes of Switzerland and Denmark in the group
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Georgia certainly aren’t one of the big hitters on the European scene but they will provide McCarthy’s men with tougher opposition than Gibraltar. They lost 2-0 to Switzerland in their opening qualifying match although they enjoyed a decent UEFA Nations League campaign with six games without defeat. Indeed the Georgians made the Irish work very hard for their 1-0 win in that competition and given the home side’s lack of cutting edge, we envisage this match petering out into a goal-less draw, Coral Bookmakers going 13/2 on this eventuality.