Following back-to-back defeats at the opening of their UEFA Nations League campaign, Republic of Ireland will visit Scotland on Saturday evening.
While the hosts have had the worst possible start to Group B1, Scotland is now in first place after a win against Armenia on Wednesday night.
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Republic of Ireland Vs Scotland Tips and Prediction
The Republic of Ireland camp was full of excitement after an eight-match undefeated record ahead of playing in a group containing numerous well-matched sides.
However, Stephen Kenny’s squad is facing the serious threat of being cut adrift at the bottom of the group after consecutive losses to Armenia and Ukraine without scoring.
With the rematch against group minnows Armenia not until the penultimate day of the tournament, Republic of Ireland must find a few extra gears in their remaining games against Scotland and Ukraine.
Even though the latter of those countries had a much-changed lineup on Wednesday, their 1-0 triumph was well deserved, with Viktor Tsyhankov scoring the deciding goal shortly after halftime.
It’s been almost seven years since these two countries played in Dublin, with an own goal from John O’Shea securing a 1-1 draw on neutral soil for Scotland.
After putting up one of their greatest away runs in recent memory, the Tartan Army will be looking to depend on their own players to score the goals this time.
Scotland has won three and drawn one of their past four games on the road, with triumphs against Austria, the Faroe Islands, and Moldova, and a tie in their second match in Austria.
Steve Clarke’s team is still reeling from their failure to qualify for the World Cup, but they bounced back in the greatest possible way on Wednesday, defeating Armenia.
Both Anthony Ralston and Scott McKenna scored on the scoresheet, scoring their first goals for their country to break a three-match losing run.
Despite their dismal Nations League record, the Republic of Ireland will be hoping for a comeback at some stage. While that may not happen on Saturday, we feel the Green Army will put out enough effort to win a hard-fought share of the spoils in a tight match.