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The presence in the Poland side of Robert Lewandowski is one of the few things elevating this fixture above an easily-ignored exercise in futility, and his odds of 7/10 with 888sport to score at any time seem like excellent value. Poland showed in the World Cup that, although they have some excellent attacking players, their defence is suspect. As such, the 29/10 on offer from Coral on the home side to win and both teams to score may well be the Poland vs Republic of Ireland best odds of the evening. If you’re looking for a longer-odds bet, then there’s plenty of mileage in the 12/1 that Unibet are offering for the hosts to win 3-1 on the night against an opponent that has shown its weakness.
Poland vs Republic of Ireland Betting Tips: Form Guide
Poland’s Potential Being Squandered?
Poland’s qualification for the World Cup was achieved with an elan that suggested they could be dark horses if not to win the tournament, then at least to go a long way. Let’s not forget that Croatia, with arguably less pre-tournament fanfare, made the final. However, the Poles were eliminated after two games in Russia, losing their opening game to Senegal and then being thrashed 3-0 by Colombia. Although the closing group game saw Jerzy Brzeczek’s men eke out a 1-0 win over Japan, the three-games-and-out nature of their performance was a huge disappointment for a side that had comfortably topped their qualifying group ahead of Denmark.
The first post-Russia game for the humbled Polish side saw them go to Italy for an opening Nations League game. Facing a once-great side that had failed to even qualify for the World Cup, the visitors took a lead four minutes before half-time through Piotr Zielinski (who has started the season well with Napoli in Serie A). They held the lead until 12 minutes from the end, when Jorginho slotted home a penalty for the hosts, but a 1-1 draw in a tricky away game was a broadly positive start to the Nations League after the World Cup shambles.
What will be noted in support of Poland vs Republic of Ireland betting tips for today is the quality of attacker Poland can call upon. With forwards who make their living at the top end of the Italian and German leagues, they should have more than enough firepower to see off an Ireland side that can call upon few, if any, top-level players.
O’Neill Continues, And So Does The Underperformance
Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were always on a knife-edge, in a group with Serbia, Wales and Austria. To finish second in that group was a decent result, and when O’Neill’s side managed a 0-0 draw in the play-off first leg in Copenhagen against Denmark, hope flourished that they could finish the job in Dublin. When Shane Duffy opened the scoring on the night, that hope grew, but in the last hour of the tie Ireland conceded five goals and were humiliatingly eliminated.
Questions were asked over O’Neill’s tactics, not least his decision in the second leg to replace two central midfielders with creative wide men at half time with the score at 1-2, seriously unbalancing a side that had looked defensively fragile. The FAI were expected to sack the coach, but decided against it, and after an average showing in summer friendlies (defeats in Turkey and France, followed by a late win over the USA), the Nations League fixture with Wales was the first chance to see Ireland in a semi-competitive context. Between now and Euro 2020, Ireland will meet better teams than Ryan Giggs’ men, and the 4-1 defeat they suffered will amplify the already noisy alarm bells ringing among Irish fans.
A major element of Poland vs Republic of Ireland match previews in the press on the Emerald Isle will be the concern that if another heavy defeat is suffered in Wroclaw, a change in the dugout will become unavoidable. The question is who will take the job at this stage, with the national team in some disarray?
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The Last Five Games
Poland VS. Ireland
- Poland Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
- Poland Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
- Ireland Form1 win and 4 losses in the last 5 matches
- Ireland Goals4 goals in the last 5 matches
Poland vs Republic of Ireland Preview: Recent Meetings
Ireland and Poland were paired in the draw for qualifying before Euro 2016, and faced each other in October of 2015 Warsaw for the group’s final game with the teams level on points and the winner assured of direct qualification. Grzegorz Krychowiak shot Poland into a 13th-minute lead, which lasted all of three minutes before Jonathan Walters scored a penalty for the Irish. Three minutes before half time, however, Lewandowski was in the right place at the right time to put the home side back ahead, this time to stay.
The reverse fixture, in March 2015, saw Poland take a lead through Slawomir Pesko after 26 minutes in Dublin. It was a lead they would hold until time added on at the end of the game, when Shane Long scored from a Wes Hoolahan cross to secure a point for the home side. For Irish fans much more used to conceding late equalisers in crucial games, it was certainly a relief.
Poland vs Republic of Ireland Prediction: Comfortable Home Win
With nothing riding on this game in terms of international tournaments, it is a chance for both managers to experiment, something that has been more or less forced upon O’Neill anyway with a number of withdrawals from key players including attacking workhorse Jon Walters. The decision of Declan Rice to withdraw himself from consideration in the hope of a potential future England selection – perfectly understandably under the circumstances – has thinned a herd that already looked pretty threadbare.
Poland will be playing for the first time in front of their own fans since the World Cup debacle, and will feel that they have some wrongs to right. They also have a decent squad that has not been subject to the same decimation as their visitors. As such, the only realistic Poland vs Republic of Ireland prediction for this game is a comfortable win for the home side. Ireland may grab a goal – their threat from set-pieces is a cliche because it has been so reliable over the years, and it remains the case – but the idea that they can keep Lewandowski, Zielinski and co. quiet for ninety minutes is beyond fanciful. A win for Poland, then, and possibly with a goal or two to spare.
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