Ireland face 180 minutes of agonising, cheek-clenching, football if they’re to spend next summer in France for Euro 2016, and their fate will be decided against Bosnia in the next few days. A typically Irish performance would be a backs-to-the-wall, heroic 0-0 draw away, before getting out-played at home but sneaking a goal, and hanging on for what would be dubbed a famous giant-killing against the mighty Bosnia. But while the odds are against the Irish – our traders have them at to qualify, with Bosnia are – we’re more interested in how much faith the country has behind the team.
We’ve cracked open Paddy’s book to see how many punters from each county are backing Ireland to qualify, and what percentage of punters are committing treason and backing Bosnia to qualify instead.
Despite being dubbed The Faithful County, Offaly have no belief in the Irish team and are thoroughly behind Bosnia to qualify for Euro 2016. No doubt Shane Lowry is absolutely disgusted in his fellow county men. Just 4 per cent of punters in Offaly are backing the Boys In Green to make it through. Similarly just four per cent of Longford are backing a successful play-off for the Irish, as Bosnian support takes a surprising stronghold through the midlands.
Dublin, Galway and Kerry are all marginally siding with Bosnia, while Mayo and Roy Keane’s beloved Cork have only just slipped over on to the Irish side of the fence.
Incredibly, most Irish support is coming from Ulster, with Donegal and Tyrone the most faithful in Ireland’s cause. 94 per cent of punters in both counties fancy Martin O’Neill’s men to qualify, as Euro 2016 fever rages.
With an injury list longer than Floyd Mayweather’s party tab, the Irish are unsurprisingly the outsiders to get a win in Bosnia on Friday night. The home side are , while the draw is – and a point apiece would certainly not be a disaster for the Boys in Green. Whether you’re backing with your head or your heart your e-balance can benefit from our bet €20 pre-match and get a free €10 bet in-play – just don’t stand up and start cheering on Edin Dzeko if you’re in a pub in Dublin. It’s a safe bet that won’t end well…
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