Rep. of Ireland v Netherlands – Aviva Stadium at 19:45 live on Premier Sports
It’s an international warm-up for Republic of Ireland before they make their trip to France for Euro 2016, as they will host Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium on Friday.
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Republic of Ireland head into this match sitting unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions; winning two and drawing two.
Martin O’Neill’s last friendly finishing in a 2-2 draw at home to Slovakia; Shane Long and James McClean scoring penalties for the hosts.
At home, the Green Army sit unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, picking up results against Germany, England and Scotland.
Furthermore, in their last five matches the Irish have scored seven and conceded two.
In terms of friendlies, Ireland have lost three of their last ten, winning only three. But at home, they sit unbeaten in their last five after three straight defeats; scoring nine and conceding three.
Martin O’Neill has chosen a squad of 31 players for this friendly, but he will have to cut down that number down to 23 for their games in Group E of the European Championships. So expect plenty of players getting a run out in this match, with everyone keen to impress the manager.
Netherlands, meanwhile, are in a rebuilding period having failed to qualify for the European Championships, and head into this match having won three of their last five games.
Danny Blind’s last fixture finished in a 2-1 win away to England in a friendly; Luciano Narsingh scoring the winner at Wembley.
Away from home, Holland have only lost one of their previous five, winning four. On top of this, in their last five they have scored nine and conceded seven.
However, the only defeat came in their most important match this year against Turkey in a 3-0 demolishing.
When we get to friendlies, Netherlands have won five of their last ten, losing four. But in their last 20 matches on the road they have only lost five; their last defeat coming against Italy.
From the squad of 25 players, only seven have more than 20 caps to their name, with two uncapped players being included in the squad to play three friendlies. Both Tonny Vilhena and Steven Berghuis, with Wesley Sneijder being their most senior player at 31.
The last time these two sides met each other, Netherlands won 4-0 back in 2006. In fact, Ireland have only won two of their last ten meetings against Holland, with the Dutch winning six of these matches. In Ireland, the Irish have only won once from their last five head-to-heads; scoring four and conceding nine.
I can’t really see Ireland winning this one, they will put up a good fight and will be looking to go for a close win, but Netherlands love the free-flowing attacking football. Also, O’Neill may be looking to just get players to have a run out and try and book a place on the plane to France.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Netherlands -0.25 @ 1.92 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
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