Switzerland v Republic of Ireland
The latest round of European Championship qualifying matches is scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening and one of the standout fixtures of the list involves Switzerland and Republic of Ireland who meet from 7.45pm GMT. You can watch that match live on Sky Sports.
The pair dispute points in Group D where both teams hold high hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020 proper. The best way to do that is to grab the win here and hope results elsewhere go in their favour. Who will come out on top of this match? You can add a little extra excitement to your viewing with a bet and there’s no shortage of markets and strategies. Call the match-winner or play one of the many specials, such as first goalscorer, total goals and handicap.
Ireland Topped the Group
Heading into the weekend and Ireland were exactly where they wanted to be in Group D. They stay top of the tree with a record reading three wins and two draws from their first five outings. That was good enough for 11 points, a tally that had them two better than nearest rivals Denmark and three better than Switzerland who was poised to pounce down in third. That all changed over the course of round six and things are far more exciting.
For as good as Ireland has been of late, the team appears to be stuttering to a finish and went into the international break having drawn two of their last three at this level. They ended all-square against Switzerland at home on 5 September and followed that came on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Denmark back in June. ROI did steady the ship with a 3-1 home cheer over Bulgaria and that was worth its weight in gold in terms of getting confidence back into the ranks.
To make things even more interesting, Switzerland had also drawn two of their last three going into the weekend, their four group matches reading win-draw-draw-win. They had a game in hand over those ahead of them in the pecking order and bookies expected the experienced side to push for pole position in the pool all the way to the finish line. There were certainly a fair share of shrewd backers with their cash resting on the Swiss to end in first place.
Bookies Stick with a Home Win
The early betting for this match had the home team as hot favourites and there was no more than the 8/13 offered by Betfair available at the time of writing. That was tight but it did stand out against the 4/7 offered by most other firms. The draw was seen as the next most likely result in this match and traders at Betfair had that one chalked up as a 14/5 poke – better than the 14/5 you’d find at some other shops. That bet was sure to be popular as not only was it a great price, it also went with the backing of the stats.
Those keen on an upset were delighted to find Ireland doing the rounds for an away win at 4/1. That’s bigger than it probably should be and caught the attention of value hunters looking to make the bookies pay. There’s no doubt Ireland are good enough to win this match but we’re confident they would accept a draw and a point if offered it before kick-off. Another 1-1 correct score will take all the ignoring by followers of the form, that’s for sure.
Ireland Leads the Head to Head Stats
While mentioning the stats, it’s worth knowing Switzerland and Republic of Ireland have met 17 times in the past and the head-to-head stats stand at Ireland 8-5 Switzerland with four draws. They last met in September and battled out a 1-1 finish, David McGoldrick and Fabian Schar both on the scoresheet.
Another worthwhile snippet of information is that one team has failed to score in three of the last five games involving these nations. That can be put to good use when looking through the ‘both teams to score’ market and building your accumulators. There are plenty of ways to bet on this game and the more research you do the more chance you’ll have of landing a winner.