With Georgia’s win against Scotland on Friday Ireland have a little bit of hope that they may actually go to another major tournament. It’s all in their own hands now. They need to beat Georgia and get something from one of the games against Germany and Poland. If they don’t and Scotland get something against Poland Scotland go through because they have a better head-to-head record. And it may be my natural Irish cynicism talking, but it sounds like a tall order to go to Poland and get a point. Mainly because Poland are good and we, well we are not.
Scotland pulling a Scotland on Friday was funny, but we still need to go out on Monday night and make sure we don’t do the same. While we won’t set the world alight with a plethora of goals, but we should have enough quality/bumbling flukes to win without a last minute goal from a Scotsman. To be frank I wouldn’t care if we win with a goal that hits Martin O’Neill in the face, bounces off the refs arse and goes in off the butt of Robbie Keane’s cock. Three points is three points is three points.
There are three major pains that are caused by internationals. No fantasy football, can’t pronounce the players names and it’s impossible to make money cause the odds suck like Monica Lewinsky in the bathrooms of the White House. But fear no more my punt starved friends we’re here to help.
Odds of 1/2 don’t reflect how close this will be and it you’re not making too much on your investment. In the six meetings between Ireland and the boys back east Ireland have won all six. If you’re a man for form four of those meetings have ended two one. 15/2 isn’t bad, but when you take into account that in the last two meetings in Dublin Robbie Keane has netted two in each game. A better bet is Keane to get the first goal and a 2-1 victory at 22/1 is the way to go.
For a man that approximately 84.7% of the population wonders why he’s still in the team for the four games he missed last year Ireland only one once. He missed both Scottish games and we only came away with a point. For all you can say about him, and there is a lot, he still somehow manages to score goals and Christ knows we need goals. The next closest to Keane is Shane Long with 12 measly goals.
Watching Ireland can be as painful as watching as the biscuit you have just dunked into a fresh brew fall in as you lift it up… *sobs quietly*, but three points will warm the hearts of even the most cold blooded Man United fan. If, like the majority of the country, you will be in the pub and want that little bit of extra drinking, taxi, hooker money the best bet is a half-time 1-1 and Ireland to win win 2-1 at 25/1.