Ireland – Scotland Predictions
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Ireland 3-0 Scotland
Date: 11.06.2022 | Match at: 17:00 | League: UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE – LEAGUE B – ROUND 3 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.52 | Bookie: Unibet.
Ireland – Scotland Match Preview
- A pair of 1-0 defeats to open this UEFA Nations League (UNL) campaign has left Ireland desperately searching for answers, with boss Stephen Kenny claiming that their latest defeat was “narrow” and due to a “harsh goal”. However the fact remains that their most recent defeat was against a second-string Ukraine side with questions surrounding their match fitness, yet one that still managed to beat the Irish 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike in a repeat of Ireland’s opening day defeat to Armenia.
- Ireland’s UNL campaign now looks at a critical juncture as defeat in this clash would leave relegation from League B looking like a real possibility at the halfway stage. With a mere 21% win rate from Kenny’s 24 games in charge (W5, D9, L10), recording a third consecutive defeat ‘to nil’ for the second time in his tenure would likely surprise few.
- Any potential Celt kinship between these nations will be put to one side as Steve Clarke’s Scotland look to inflict more pain upon their close neighbours after soothing their World Cup woes with a 2-0 win over Armenia to open their UNL campaign. The H2H record between these nations is perfectly split (W4, D3, L4), but a Scottish victory would be significant as they haven’t won in Dublin since a 2-1 success back in 2000.
- Currently enjoying a four-game run of unbeaten away internationals (W3, D1), Scotland may be quietly confident of continuing that run here. UNL promotion is not out of the question at this early stage for Scotland either, yet to do so they will need to improve on a rather tepid away group record in this competition (W2, L3).
- Players to watch: Michael Obafemi seeks his first international goal for Ireland after a breakout season in 21/22 which saw him net 12 Championship goals for Swansea. The unlikely first scorer for Scotland last time out was defender Anthony Ralston. While that was his first international strike, he now has goal contributions in three consecutive appearances for club & country (G1, A2).
- Hot streak: Ireland are yet to win a UNL group stage game after 12 attempts (D5, L7).