Republic of Ireland v Qatar betting tips: Kenny needs another boost
Preview and odds for Tuesday’s friendly international
The Republic of Ireland have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals next winter and they face the host nation in a friendly on Tuesday, so we look at potential Republic of Ireland v Qatar betting tips.
Despite a comfortable 3-0 win in Azerbaijan on Saturday, Ireland will be at home watching the World Cup finals after a disappointing campaign, but Qatar will be hopeful of a good showing on home soil in next winter’s tournament.
Tuesday’s match, which takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 7.45pm.
Republic of Ireland v Qatar match odds
Ireland managed to spark their World Cup qualifying campaign all too late with an easy win in Baku as a brace from Callum Robinson (pictured above) and a late strike from substitute Chiedozie Ogbene were just rewards for a sterling display.
Ireland survived a few nervous moments before the first and second goals, but were worthy of the margin of victory over Azerbaijan in the end.
Though the win against the 117th-ranked nation was largely a dead rubber, it will have instilled some confidence and eased some pressure on manager Stephen Kenny.
The Republic of Ireland have won four of their last five home friendly matches (D1), winning their last two against Bulgaria in September 2019 and New Zealand in November 2019. They are 8/11 to win against a Qatar side who seek to get back to the form they showed in the CONCACAF Gold Cup as invited guests.
Qatar are without a win in five matches in all competitions (D1 L4) since beating El Salvador 3-2 in July and are 9/2 to win.
This is an important game for Kenny, who has seen his Republic of Ireland side fail to win at home in their last seven home matches in all competitions (D5 L2), their longest such run since May 1971.
Rep of Ireland v Qatar head-to-head
Ireland and Qatar will meet for only the second time. They drew 1-1 at the Nagyerdei Stadium in Hungary in a friendly in March, with James McClean (pictured above) seeing his fourth-minute strike cancelled out by Mohamed Muntari’s goal two minutes after the interval. It is 12/5 that the game ends in another draw.
Qatar have failed to score in three of their last four games, including Saturday’s 3-0 defeat in Portugal.
Ireland are 6/4 to win to nil in the Republic of Ireland v Qatar betting tips.
Rep of Ireland v Qatar key battles
The visitors will be appearing in the World Cup for the first time and the host nation are still experimenting with the balance in their side.
Victories over Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, followed by a draw with Tuesday’s opponents Ireland, arrived at the start of a 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which was ended by USA in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the summer.
Since then, however, they have had some indifferent results, with three defeats and a draw against Luxembourg. They are 11/10 to win or draw the game on the Double Chance market.
Robinson will be on a high after his brace, having only scored once in his first 20 senior international appearances for the nation beforehand. The last player to score in back-to-back appearances for the Republic of Ireland was Jonathan Walters in 2017.
Robinson may be of interest in the anytime scorer market at odds of 17/10 in the Republic of Ireland v Qatar betting tips.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication