Georgia v Republic of Ireland

BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW

On Saturday afternoon, the Republic of Ireland heads to Georgia in Group D of qualifying for next years European Championships.

Georgia have endured a poor qualifying campaign so far in Group D, winning just one of their five qualifiers. The home side has picked up just four points from their five outings so far. However, last time out in qualifying, Georgia did manage a 0-0 draw against Denmark.

The draw was a rare glimpse of a good result in qualifying for the home side, who have now lost four of their last six qualifiers.

Their recent record in European Championship qualifying is a bit more encouraging on home soil, as they have lost just once in five outings, recording three wins in the process. Georgia also have a good recent defensive record in home qualifiers, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five matches.

The Republic of Ireland top the group on 11 points, two points clear of Denmark and three clear of Switzerland, who have played a game fewer. However, with the pair meeting elsewhere, this game gives Mick McCarthy’s team a chance to extend their lead at the top of the group.

The visitors are unbeaten in seven qualifiers for the European Championships, having suffered just one defeat in 13 outings.

Ireland have been highly-inconsistent on their travels in qualifying, recording just two wins in their last seven away games in qualifying for the European Championships.

TEAM NEWS

Georgia will be without the injured Ferencvaros defender Lasha Dvali.

The likes of Southampton's Shane Long, Ciaran Clark, David McGoldrick and James McCarthy continue to miss out on the visitor’s squad.

Match Prediction

Ireland have been unpredictable of late. However, I do believe McCarthy’s side may just have enough to grind out a victory in a low-scoring encounter.

5/4 Odds

PREDICTION – AWAY WIN

Odds correct at time of publication – please check with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.