EURO 2016 Qualifiers Preview: Georgia vs. Republic Of Ireland

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Updated: September 2, 2014
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Match Date: 08 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Boris Paichadze National Stadium

 

The Republic of Ireland is determined to qualify in the tournament after an inspiring feat in 2012. But before having an early celebration, the club must first survive the wrath of an equally aggressive team, Georgia.

 

The contenders

Georgia

Georgia remains hopeful that they will finally qualify in the European Championship.

 

Since its participation in 1990, the squad struggled to advance. What it had were plain near misses. But then again, every near miss that Georgia had to endure resulted to improvements.

 

In 1996, the Crusaders pulled off an upset against Bulgaria, which was considered a heavy online betting favorite. The result was a major boost to the squad’s confidence.

 

As Georgia continues to aspire for a better finish, an evident change can be also observed in their 2008 and 2012 performances. The squad did not necessarily qualify, yet, at the very least, its rank within its respective groups was far better than before.

 

Republic Of Ireland

The Boys in Green have already experienced how it is like to progress in the tournament.

 

They first qualified in 1988 and after several years of being out of the limelight ,the Republic of Ireland qualified again in  2012.  In the upcoming competition, there is no doubt that the squad is eager to replicate the said feat.

 

One of the concrete examples of Ireland’s determination to win was the surprise inclusion of Shay Given.  Given has already retired from international duties, but the team’s current head honcho, Martin O’Neill opted to include the goalkeeper.

 

Prior to the said clash, the club will have a friendly against Oman.

 

Possible head turner

The squad’s team captain and reliable striker, Robbie Keane, carried the team towards the qualification in 2012 and he is expected to the same for the 2016 tournament.

 

What the odds say

The sports betting site, 12BET picks the Republic of Ireland as the match’s favorite. The squad is valued to win at a profitable odd  of 2.21.

 

Image Source: Wales Online