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Thursday 19 October 2017

Ireland should be able to score a hatful against minnows but seven a tall order

Poland managed to knock seven goals past Gibraltar in the opening round of games in Group D of the European Qualifiers and with goal difference potentially going to be important for second spot in this group, Martin O'Neill will be keen for his side go bag plenty of goals at the Aviva tomorrow.

If you fancy a similar score line you can have 17/2 about Ireland winning 7-0 or if you want to play it a bit safer than that it is 20/21 that Ireland cover the -4 handicap.

This should be a straightforward assignment and an exercise to see how many goals Ireland can score but 7-0 might be just pushing it and a 4-0 or 5-0 scoreline is probably more likely with 4-0 a 4/1 shot and it is 9/2 about 5-0.

One that might be of interest is Ireland -2 at half time which is 8/5 and it is 18/1 that Ireland lead 3-0 at half time and 4-0 at full time.

If you want to attempt to buy money you can back Ireland at 1/250 to score first and we are the same price to score the last goal also, while it's 1/10 that the hosts keep a clean sheet and it is 1/6 that there will be at least one goal in each half.

Looking at who is going to get the Irish goals and it's no surprise that Robbie Keane is just 3/10 to score anytime and our leading scorer of all time is 9/2 to get a hat-trick.

One man who may thrive on this occasion is Aiden McGeady and the Everton clubman is 16/5 to score two or more goals.

Elsewhere in Group D, Scotland host Georgia and will be encouraged by their performance against Germany and should just hold Georgia by exactly one goal which is 9/4.

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Germany travel to Warsaw tomorrow evening ahead of welcoming Ireland next week and although Scotland gave the World Champions a fright, Germany should be good enough to claim all three points and restore their place at the head of the table and a 3-1 scoreline could be the way to go here at 10/1.

Also tomorrow night, Northern Ireland welcome Faroe Islands to Belfast and it is 1/4 that the home side will claim all the spoils in the Group F game.After starting the campaign with a win over Hungary, this should be a nice way for Northern Ireland to have a full compliment of points from their opening two games.

A 2-0 home win is advised at 17/4.

Tonight Wales will be hoping that their star performer Gareth Bale can help them to a second win in Group B against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Chris Coleman's side were less than convincing when beating Andorra away from home but conditions were far from deal that night and the Welsh may just cause an upset here at 9/4.

Belgium (1/100), Holland (1/25) and Italy (1/14) join Ireland in being the apparent hotpots over the weekend and for those matches it would appear that dipping into the handicap betting would be the way forward as each of the three should enjoy comprehensive wins.

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