Rep. of Ireland v Northern Ireland Women Prediction, Preview & Odds
We have a Rep. of Ireland v Northern Ireland prediction plus betting odds as we preview Saturday’s historic Nations League clash in Dublin.
Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland Women Match Info
Venue? Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
When? 1.00 pm, Saturday, September 23rd
What Channel? RTÉ 2
Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland Women Odds
|Rep. of Ireland v Northern Ireland Odds – Nations League|
|Rep. of Ireland||1/5||83.3%|
The Republic of Ireland are strong favourites to win their first game since before the World Cup at 1/5. Northern Ireland are 11/1 to pull off a shock and the draw is 4/1.
Republic of Ireland: -2 @ 7/4
Northern Ireland: +2 @ 21/20
Handicap Draw: -2 @ 11/4
Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland Preview
Republic of Ireland Form
The Republic of Ireland Women’s Team are coming into this All-Ireland Derby Nations League clash following their first-ever World Cup appearance. During the tournament, they put up a solid fight losing out to Australia 1-0, Canada 2-1 and earning their first-ever World Cup point with a 0-0 final game against Nigeria.
However, since the tournament, there has been a lot going on off the field regarding the Women’s National Team. There was speculation before, during and after the tournament about the relationship between Vera Pauw and the squad.
Following the decision of the association not to renew her contract, what transpired was a scathing attack from some quarters which has people scratching their heads about what went on behind the scenes.
Republic of Ireland defender Diane Caldwell has sensationally slammed the management of Vera Pauw insisting that their historic run to a first-ever Women's World Cup was due to the players
READ MORE: https://t.co/A9U1JmISO9 pic.twitter.com/20H6xYUbsg
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 18, 2023
The rights, wrongs and grey areas will be debated until the test of time, but the reality is the team is in a new era now. Head of Women’s Football in Ireland Eileen Gleeson is in interim charge with a team including former Cork City manager Colin Healy and former WNT International Emma Byrne coming in.
There will be talk in some quarters that the comments made by Diane Caldwell, in particular, will put a lot of pressure on the team. However, the reality is they’d be expected to win this Nations League Group anyway and they’ll want to put up a statement performance on Saturday.
Northern Ireland’s Form
Northern Ireland are coming into this fixture following a quiet 2023. They finished their 2022 season after failing to qualify for the World Cup with a very respectable 1-0 victory against Italy to end their 2022 on a high back in November.
However, since that Italian victory, they have only played in three games this year compared with the Republic of Ireland who have played eight. They started their season with a 4-1 friendly defeat against Wales back in April before receiving another three-goal humbling this time 3-0 against Scotland back in July.
Signs look promising from their most recent game where they beat the Czech Republic 0-2 a side with several players at top European clubs. This Northern Ireland side are not to be underestimated.
Furthermore since that victory, on 1 September 2023, Tanya Oxtoby (41) was officially appointed as the new manager of the Northern Ireland women’s national team as she signed a four-year contract with the Irish FA. Oxtoby is a really interesting appointment having worked as an Assistant with Australia U20s, Scotland and Chelsea already in her young coaching career.
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Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland Predicted Lineups
Ireland Predicted XI
RB: McCarthy, CB: Quinn, CB: Caldwell, LB: Mustaki
CM: O’Sullivan, CM: Toland CM: Connolly
RW: Larkin, CF: Carusa, LW: McCabe
Northern Ireland’s Predicted XI
RB: McKenna, RCB: Robson, CB: Holloway LCB: Raftery, LB: Vance
RM: McCarron, CM: Caldwell, CM: Furness, LM: Callaghan
Key Players To Watch
Tyler Toland (22) played for Ireland 13 times from 2017-2019 before being exiled from the squad.
During the summer she signed for Blackburn Rovers Women and has immediately returned to the International fold immediately under the new management. Toland will have a huge point to prove in this game.
'Everyone is entitled to their thoughts and she wanted to express them' – Interim Ireland manager Eileen Gleeson on Diane Caldwell's press conference and Tyler Toland's recall ahead of the NI Nations League tie in the Aviva#rtesoccer pic.twitter.com/wdj4TzL6O4
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 19, 2023
The Liverpool midfielder might be advancing in years at 35 but her international record for Northern Ireland cannot be questioned having scored 38 times in her 85 caps for her country.
Furness hasn’t scored an international goal since 2021 but is still a quality player playing deeper in the midfield.
As we draw ever closer to the big game on Saturday between @NorthernIreland and their counterparts from the @FAIreland we caught up with Northern Ireland's leading goalscorer Rachel Furness to get her thoughts ahead of the match.#womensfootballhttps://t.co/SiT0fkJ4uo
— 1880 Video CIC (@1880Video) September 20, 2023
Republic of Ireland vs. Northern Ireland Head-to-Head Results
The two countries have faced off on two occasions with the Republic of Ireland winning both of those games.
Republic of Ireland 4-0 Northern Ireland | 31 August 2018 World Cup Qualification
Northern Ireland 0-2 Republic of Ireland | 19 September 2017 World Cup Qualification
Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland Prediction
Prediction: Republic of Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland
It’s the start of a new dawn and era for the Republic of Ireland WNT. After Pauw’s departure this team will want to put on a statement performance to start their Nations League campaign with an exclamation mark against their local rivals.
Best Bet: Republic of Ireland -2 @ 7/4
While the North and Republic of Ireland will be playing against each other in this game, they will join forces later in the day as Ireland play South Africa in a huge Rugby World Cup game. You can check out our preview of South Africa v Ireland here.
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