Kick-off: 1945, 15/10/2019
Stadium: Stade de Geneve
TV: Sky Sports
Switzerland must go for a win when taking on the Republic of Ireland in Geneva and are fancied to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign back on track.
The Swiss are four points behind Ireland and Denmark, but have a game in hand and finish off with winnable matches against Georgia at home and Gibraltar away.
We’re taking 29/20 for them to lead at half-time and full-time for our first Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland prediction.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Switzerland have given themselves plenty of work to do to qualify from Group D following Saturday’s frustrating 1-0 loss in Denmark.
Yussuf Poulsen scored the only goal with six minutes remaining, but the Danes owed just as much thanks to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for a series of important saves.
Swiss shot-stopper Yann Sommer said: “Of course we’re disappointed because we defended well, created chances, gave them one chance and we lose the game.
“It’s incredible! Schmeichel stopped everything, as a goalkeeper I can say it was a pretty good performance.”
Vladimir Petkovic’s side also dominated for long periods when drawing 1-1 with Ireland in Dublin and blew a 3-0 lead when sharing the spoils with Denmark in Basel, so they are in danger of missing out on a top-two finish.
However, this is still a quality side good enough to thrash Belgium 5-2 in the Nations League, with the likes of Newcastle defender Fabian Schar, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Benfica striker Haris Seferovic forming a strong spine.
If everything finally clicks into place, 9/5 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game stands out from the Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland odds.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Mick McCarthy was determined to remain upbeat after a goalless draw in Georgia kept them on top of the table and made it six games without defeat in this pool.
“I see it absolutely as a point won,” he stated. “We could have been better offensively, but defensively we were very good.
“If you had offered me four points in the games against Georgia at the start of the group, I’d have taken it.”
However, we fear the men in green may live to regret not capitalising on several good chances, with John Egan heading against the post and Aaron Connolly wasting a couple of late opportunities.
Ireland rode their luck when entertaining Switzerland last month and now face a tough return fixture, before closing with a home game against Denmark.
We’re adding 15/4 for a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 home win to our Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland betting tips.
Denmark 1-0 SWITZERLAND
Georgia 0-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Head-to-head: Ireland 1-1 Switzerland, Ireland 1-0 Switzerland, Ireland 0-0 Switzerland, Switzerland 1-1 Ireland
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