Republic of Ireland vs Wales by Jamesington
Over the last two or three years the Irish have not quite converted fairly high expectations in to results in competitive matches, however in this tournament they have an opportunity to win their first trophy for a long time.
The one noticable difference between the two squads today is that while both have a number of players missing, Ireland can replace these withdrawals with a high quality of substitute (Coleman, Clark debuting and Walters up front) whereas Wales simply can not.
Ireland still have experienced, top professionals Shay Given, Damien Duff, John O'Shea etc playing which is much more than Wales can boast with James Collins and Robert Earnshaw probably their most experienced players.
I think due to this we can expect an Irish win, but for me the more interesting option is a bet on the corners market.
With Coleman and Duff playing down the wings, it can be expected that Ireland will be putting the ball out to them as much as possible to utilise their pace and technique and try to exploit gaps in the Welsh back line. Quick wing play regularly results in a lot of ball time down in the corners, which inevitably results in corners themselves.
PaddyPower offer us 6/5 (2.2) on Ireland getting 7 or more corners in this match, I think that is an incredibly attractive price and one that is well worth taking.
So, on the basis that Ireland should dominate most of the match and Duff/Coleman's pace down the wings I reckon this will be a comfortable winner.
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|Ireland over 6 corners||Bet365||2.20||7||3-0 LOST (-7 units)|