WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY, WE BEAT GERMANY. You may or may not have heard, but Ireland beat the World Champions on Thursday and we are still recovering. Now the small matter of Poland to confirm qualification, but after spending all my money on celebrating we need a first goalscorer bet to pay rent and buy food etc.
Long (Poland v Ireland), Fletcher (Gibraltar v Scotland) and Lafferty (Finland v Northern Ireland) all to score first – 279/1
Shane Long now has the freedom of Ireland, owns County Tipperary and can sleep with every Irish woman alive. He’s gunning to be the greatest Irish export since Jedward. The chances are that Long will be left on the bench for the Poland game, but the way Ireland set up and with the Irish way of ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ it’ll be hoof til number 100 hits the back of the net.
If Ireland beat Poland we’re going to France and the country will be dunk dry. If Poland take a point or win they go through while Ireland must settle for a play off-place and the country will still be drunk dry. If Ireland can keep it tight at the back and not give away a goal like the game at the Aviva we have a great chance. Who scored the goal in that draw in the Aviva? Shane Long. It’s written in the stars.
Scotland have have failed to qualify for yet another major tournament and Gordon Strachan’s job is looking as safe as Gerard Butler’s career. The disappointment of being pulled back by Poland in the last couple of minutes will have hurt. They will hammer Gibraltar, but they need it to be convincing.
Steven Fletcher couldn’t hit a banjo with a barn door or is it the other way around? Look it’s been a long few days don’t judge me. Fletcher scored an absolute screamer in the Poland game and is leading the line again. There will be five or six goals in this one and at 3/1 Fletcher is the best option.
What a time to be alive. Both ends of the beautiful emerald isle are going to the Euros! All the divides over the last few hundred years will be forgotten as the island of Ireland goes on the biggest piss up in the history of the world. Northern Ireland have done what no one expected them to do in qualifying. A win against Finland to cap it all off and take top spot would see no one in work until January.
Kyle Lafferty has been instrumental in getting Northern Ireland to France with seven goals in qualifying so far. A 6/1 punt on the Norwich City striker looks like the best bet for a game where the northern men will be still in drinking mode.