Seeley’s Selections – Rep of Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Scotland entertain the Republic of Ireland in a massive European Championship Group D qualifier on Friday night and this is as tough as it gets when looking to find a winner.
Scotland v Republic of Ireland, Friday 7:45, Sky Sports 2
Both have been impressive in the Euro 2016 qualification campaign and the Boylesports odds compilers, probably through gritted teeth, have made the Scots their favourites at 13/10 for this massive clash.
Gordon Strachan has done a very impressive job in charge of the national team with their last five competitive matches resulting in four victories and one draw.
Strachan has installed in his players, belief and confidence, and there is probably not a better organised and hard working nation on the continent as present. In Scotland’s last four homes matches, everyone has produced less than 2.5 goals and at Boylesports 1/2 for this match-up, that is the best bet on offer in the game.
If 1/2 shots don’t interest you, then the 31/20 on the match to see less than 1.5 goals is also a wager.
Republic of Ireland will be coming into this game on a massive high after their last gasp 1-1 draw in Germany in their last qualification match. Martin O’Neill’s men are 9/4 with Boylesports to gain a massive three points, which will be very, very popular but I really can’t see them getting it.
The momentum of the draw against the World Champions has papered over the cracks in the squad; they simply don’t score enough goals on their travels and that is their biggest problem with four blanks in their last six away matches. I can see O’Neill being very negative in his tactics for this one and the draw which is available at 21/10 with Boylesports is the best way to get involved.
You should know by now that I always like playing on the stalemate in games where bookies can’t split the two sides and this is a perfect example to get involved again.
Steven Fletcher and Robbie Keane head Boylesports’ first goalscorer betting at 6/1 the pair, but with goals expected to be very hard to come by, in a very, very tight affair I like no goalscorer in this market at 6/1 also with Boylesports.
If you do fancy a first goalscorer punt then remember Boylesports are offering CASH BACK if your losing first goalscorer selection scores the second goal!
Under 2.5 Goals @ 1/2
Draw @ 21/10
No Goalscorer @ 6/1
Romania v Northern Ireland, Friday 7:45, Sky Sports 5
Northern Ireland have made a faultless start to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign in Group F and have been the surprise package of the competition so far.
They are now just 9/2 with Boylesports to top Group F and qualify for their first European Championships, but I think it could all come crashing down on Friday evening against Romania.
Romania are 6/10 with Boylesports in this one and there is a lot to like about that price. If this was the first match in qualifying, the home side would be closer to 1/3 and despite how impressive the Irish have been, Romania have been equally so.
Victor Pițurcă’s side have won away in Greece and Finland and were held at home to Hungary in their unbeaten start to the campaign and travelling to Bucharest is still one of the toughest trips in World football.
The Romanians have only lost once in their last 10 matches, holding Argentina and beating Belgium in that period.
This is the toughest game yet for Michael O’Neill’s Irish side and if they can come back with a point, a 5/2 chance with Boylesports, they will be delighted.
Northern Ireland are 11/2 with Boylesports to continue their unbeaten start and you will gather by now, I don’t fancy their chances. O’Neill, will park the Irish bus and see whether the Romanian’s can get past it. Northern Ireland have only conceded just one goal in their three Group F qualifiers and so have Romania so you can see where I’m going on what type of match this will be.
Under 2.5 goals in the game is short at Boylesports’ 8/15 but it will be a winner.
You would have collected in every Romanian game in qualification so far if you had backed unders in that market and in two of the three Northern Irish matches.
I also think Both teams not to Score has to be a wager as well at the same price – 8/15 with Boylesports as I feel one goal is going to win this and it’s likely to be for the Romanians. Also, Romania to win to nil at 13/10 and by a 1-0 correct-score at 19/5 would also be on my shortlist of wagers in this one.
Don’t forget Boylesports are offering CASH BACK if your losing first goalscorer selection scores the second goal!
Under 2.5 Goals @ 8/15
Both teams not to score @ 8/15
Romania to win to nil @ 13/10