Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland
Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Aviva Stadium (Dublin).
Local rivals Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are set to take on each other in a friendly on Thursday evening at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Both sides will be seeking to forget unpleasant UEFA Nations League runs and boost up the confidence after recent failures.
Interestingly, teams have identical 1-5 goal difference after playing three games apiece in their respective League B groups. Scoring goals has indeed been a massive issue for both O’Neill’s as their sides failed to find the back of the net in two October affairs.
The Boys in Green did hold Denmark to a goalless draw but went on to lose 0-1 to Wales at home even though Ryan Giggs was without his main stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey on the occasion. Martin O’Neill will hope to see Wales beat Denmark in which case his men would have the chance to avoid the relegation to League C with a victory over the Danes in the last match of the campaign on Monday.
Ireland vs Northern Ireland: Head-to-head
Northern Ireland fans can still certainly remember the painful 5-0 loss their team suffered against the Boys in Green at the Nations Cup back in 2011.
Overall, Rep of Ireland won four, drew four and lost two of past ten meetings with Green and White Army.
Both teams scored just once in last four head to head encounters.
Ireland vs Northern Ireland: Prediction
Northern Ireland definitely did leave a better impression in their respective matches in the past couple of months. They completely dominated the pitch in the Nations League opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina (it was one of their best displays in years), but were unlucky to lose it 1-2 at the end. They went on to demolish Israel 3-0 in a friendly.
However, the lack of attacking efficiency caused another pair of defeats to Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Nations League in October (1-0 and 2-0). The value is here with the visitors who are worth backing to keep a clean sheet against the struggling Rep of Ireland. Braver tipsters can try with a goalless draw as the correct score option.
Ireland vs Northern Ireland: Bet Tips
Northern Ireland to keep a clean sheet @ 4.50 (7/2)
0-0 Correct Score @ 8.50 (15/2)