Martin O’Neill guided Republic of Ireland to only the third European Championships finals in the country’s history, but the Irish are not heading to France purely to make up the numbers. Neutrals are in for a treat as an army of green-clad Irish supporters flock to France to give their unrivalled passionate support for the county they love. On both previous occasions Ireland has reached the European Championships finals, the group stages are the furthest they have progressed.
This may be the case in France because Republic of Ireland, Eire, are pitted against Belgium, Italy, and Sweden, yet you never know with the Irish because they are capable of putting on a fantastic display, helped by their legion of supporters.
Ireland finished behind Germany and Poland in Euro 2016 qualifying, meaning they had to navigate their way through the lottery that is the playoffs. A 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia and Herzegovina saw them progress to the finals in France.
The Eire starting 11 is actually quite strong on paper, with the majority of the players featuring regularly for Premier League teams. They also have captain Robbie Keane leading the line, the L.A. Galaxy striker having scored 67 times in 143 games for Republic of Ireland making him the most capped player and the country’s top scorer.
Republic of Ireland does lack quality in depth and that could pose a problem should any of their first team members get injured or suspended. Also, the team isn’t blessed with natural goal scorers (Keane aside), so goals could be hard to come by, which will be an issue against the solid defences of both Belgium and Italy.
Republic of Ireland Next Game
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Republic of Ireland’s first game at Euro 2016 is at the Stade de France against Sweden on June 13, and many believe it is a must-win game for the Irish.
They then travel to Bordeaux to take on much-fancied Belgium on June 18, before heading to Lille on June 22 for a game against Italy. The Irish fans will hope their team’s fate doesn’t depend on beating the Italians.
What Are The Current Republic of Ireland Standings
Group E of Euro 2016 is extremely tough, which means a top two finish is the best way to get out of it, as the third-place finisher is unlikely to have enough points to progress.
Republic Of Ireland Online Betting Tips
Although they are passionate about their soccer team, Republic of Ireland fans are unlikely to be spending their money by betting at odds of +10000 on their country winning Euro 2016, and you should not either.
Sadly, for those in the Ireland camp, the best value bet seems to be -142 on Ireland not qualifying from the group, or +130 on them finishing rock bottom of Group E. Those of you who believe Republic of Ireland can qualify from the group stages should find odds of around +130 on that outcome.