Assuming that Euro 2020 doesn’t get wiped out by the Coronavirus, come April 1 we will know the identities of all of the teams that will contest the European Championships in the summer.
That’s because all of the play-off finals will have been completed on March 31, and hoping to book their place in the competition will be Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland.
They will meet in the Path B semi-finals on March 26 in Bratislava, with the winner then going on to tackle either Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland in the final.
Based upon their past performances and their efforts in qualifying, both of these teams will fancy their chances of making it to Euro 2020.
However, only one team can prevail here, so are we expecting the hosts to make the most of their advantage of playing in front of heir own supporters, or are we expecting the Irish to complete a fine underdog story?
Let’s take a look in our Slovakia vs Ireland predictions.
1. Republic of Ireland vs Slovakia Betting Odds
The general theme across these Euro 2020 play-offs is that the matches are being contested between two evenly-matched teams, and that the bookies have had a hard time in separating them.
That’s certainly the case in the Republic of Ireland vs Slovakia betting odds too. The hosts are the favourites but at a meaty price of 2.25, while the Irish can be backed at 3.40. The draw is available at 3.10.
And, of course, there’s the ‘to qualify’ market too which can kick in if this game is a draw after 90 minutes. Here, Slovakia are priced at 1.66 and Ireland at 2.20.
2. Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland Preview
While not regular qualifiers for major international events, both Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland made it through to the last 16 of Euro 2016, and they will be looking to at least match that contribution this year.
As far as Slovakia are concerned, they did exactly what was expected of them during Euro 2020 qualification, losing home and away against Croatia and dropping points against Wales, but doing just enough in games against Hungary and Azerbaijan to reach the play-off phase.
They were not prolific goalscorers – more than 50% of their goals came against Azerbaijan, and they instead rely on togetherness, organisation and the contribution of one or two outstanding players – Marek Hamsik and Milan Skriniar particularly – to see them home.
You have to feel sorry for the Republic of Ireland: they only lost one match in qualifying, but still didn’t do enough to qualify outright!
That’s because they drew too many matches, and that proves that they are tough to beat but perhaps lacking in the quality to kill off close games.
They took points off Denmark home and away and also drew with Switzerland on home soil, so clearly this is a team that really does take some beating.
Like Slovakia, this is not a squad of players blessed with out-and-out star quality, and instead they rely on performing as a unit to produce positive results.
All of which makes separating the pair in this Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland preview all the more difficult!
3. Republic of Ireland vs Slovakia Betting Tips
If you have read this Ireland vs Slovakia betting tips article up to this point, you may be none the wiser as to who we think will win the match.
And that’s because we’re not! There is so little to choose between the sides that making a concrete prediction is difficult.
However, that’s not to say we can’t profit from a betting perspective despite the uncertainty. The price on Both Teams to Score (No) is 1.80, and that is excellent value given what we know about the teams – this will not be an end-to-end, goal-laden blockbuster.
And if you’re pushing us to name a winner….let’s go with the Republic of Ireland in the ‘to qualify’ market. They have upset the odds in the past, after all.
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