Ireland vs Georgia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
The Irish need to bank maximum points in their home fixtures in World Cup 2018 qualifying and this is a game in which they should do just that. They take on minnows Georgia after having banked a point out on the road in a difficult match against Serbia in their opener. But the Irish will know that they will need to play a lot better than they did in Belgrade if they are going to put pressure on the likes of Wales and Austria in the group to reach Russia 2018. Georgia suffered a home loss against Austria in their opening qualification fixture.
Ireland vs Georgia Odds
Ireland 1/2, Draw 3/1, Georgia 6/1
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Ireland vs Georgia Betting Tips
Ireland have not had the ideal preparations going into this one. They have had seven players already withdraw from the squad that Martin O’Neill had named for this game against Georgia and the one at Moldova on the weekend. So this is where Ireland just need a solid, professional home performance. Fortunately for Ireland, the injury crisis has come at a time when they are facing the two outsiders of the group and not for more competitive matches. So that’s a bit of a blessing and they should still be alright in getting the win on the board in this one. Newcastle striker Daryl Murphy, Aiden McGeady and keeper Keiren Westwood have already pulled out because of injury, while Ireland have James McCarthy and Harry Arter nursing knocks as well. They have called up Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney.
Shane Long is trading at 13/10 in the anytime goalscorer market with Jon Walters at 21/10. Ireland are not a high scoring side and therefore, taking everything into consideration it is worth looking at a price of 8/15 on under 2.5 goals for the game with online betting site Bet365. An Ireland 1-0 correct score option is trading at a price of 8/2 while you can push it out further to 2-0 for a price of 9/2. The last time that Ireland hosted Georgia, the Irish won 1-0 and in each of their last two wins over them, Ireland have only won by a one goal margin. So you can’t really expect Ireland to go out and hammer their opponent on Thursday. They just need to get the three points on the board. Ireland are actually running on a 100% record from their seven previous games against Georgia.
Georgia fell 2-1 at home against Austria in their opening World Cup 2018 qualifier, and you pretty much got what you expected from them in that. They battled, without looking like having much quality in attack. Of their last twelve games played, Georgia have posted just the three wins in a W3 D2 L6 record now. But in those three wins they did beat Scotland in Euro 2016 qualifiers and they took an international friendly win over Spain of all nations just before Euro 2016 in a friendly. On each of the last three occasions that Georgia have taken a clean sheet, they have won the game. What kind of impact can they have on the road against the Irish? It may be another case of them battling and relying on their stubborn resilience, but Ireland should get that win on the board even with all of their selection issues. Home win but perhaps push for it to be by just the one goal margin.