Cyprus v Republic of Ireland – World Cup Qualifier

31st August 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

Saturday, September 5th
Kick Off 7.30pm

The Republic of Ireland will do themselves no harm with a win on Saturday. They travel to the sunny climes of Cyprus, looking for a win that will not only cement their second position in Group 8, but may also keep them right on the back of Italy for that number one position. The Republic of Ireland have had a fantastic qualifying campaign so far, and have not suffered a defeat, even securing and impressive 1-1 away tie in Italy after being behind at half time.

Giovanni Trappatoni’s team have to face the Italians back on home turf in October, but for now a win against the Cypriots will put them in good standing. Italy meanwhile face a relatively easy task in Georgia, in a top-plays-bottom group qualifying match and do have a game in hand over the second placed Republic of Ireland. Still, the Republic will need that win to not only push themselves on further ahead of Bulgaria, but also to ensure that even if they can’t catch Italy in the end, they should be one of the better placed runners up.

The eight best runners up from the nine qualifying groups go into a two-leg play off match. Clearly Italy will still be favourite to win Group 8 outright with a clear example of 1/7 at BlueSquare. The Republic, needing someone else in the group to beat Italy, and doing so themselves in order to win the group, are back at 5/1 at PaddyPower.

Cyprus win – 7/2 at PaddyPower
Draw – 12/5 SkyBet
Republic of Ireland win – 5/6 at Bet365

Group 8 Current Standings Pld Pts
Italy 6 14
REP. OF IRELAND
7 13
Bulgaria 6 08
Cyprus 6 05
Montenegro 6 04
Faroe Island 6 01

 



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