Ireland – Northern Ireland SOCCER PICKS
Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland meet at Aviva Stadium, in a friendly match. This is the 5th friendly match of the year for the Republic of Ireland, after friendlies against Poland, the United States, France and Turkey. In the case of Northern Ireland, this is his 5th friendly of the year, after previous friendly matches against Israel, Costa Rica, Panama and the Republic of Korea. There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 05-24-2011, in a match that ended with the final score: Republic of Ireland (5-0) Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
Republic of Ireland:
This is the 5th friendly match of the year for the home team, after previous friendlies in which it registered the following results: Poland (1-1) Republic of Ireland, Republic of Ireland (2-1) United States, France (2-) 0) Republic of Ireland and Turkey (1-0) Republic of Ireland. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the UEFA Nations League, they lost with Wales at home (0-1). In the last 10 home matches the Republic of Ireland has 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 5 of the last 10 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 7 out of 10 ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 11 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Ireland is the 33rd in the FIFA Rankings, but failed to qualify for the last World Cup and has had a terrible performance in 2018, winning only 1 of the 7 matches they played, and not winning 4 matches, which tied 2 and lost another 2. The big problem of the team is the offensive inefficiency, being a team with great difficulties in the creation sector, which ends little and has players of medium quality in the sector, so much that it scored only 2 goals in his last 4 games and comes from 2 games without balancing the networks. At home, Ireland is usually very irregular and has alternated between good and bad results, but again the problem is his attack, which did not score goals in 5 of the last 10 games in this condition, but it should be noted that he suffered more than 1 goal in only 1 of the last 14 home games. For the clash with Northern Ireland, coach Martin O’Neill must keep the team in a 3-5-2 more defensive, in which all midfielders help in defensive markings, being a team that prefers to play fairly close and that It allows few possibilities to rivals.
The visiting team disputes their 5th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies he registered the following scorecards: Northern Ireland (3-0) Israel, Costa Rica (3-0) Northern Ireland, Panama (0-0) Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland (2-1) Republic of Korea. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 10 wins and 5 losses in its stadium. In their last match, for the UEFA Nations League, they lost to Bosnia-Herzegovina out by (2-0). In the last 8 away matches Northern Ireland has 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since in 6 of the last 8 that disputed there were less than 3 goals. In 15 games, they only had 1 comeback in the 8 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Northern Ireland ranks 34th in the FIFA ranking, only one position behind its next rival. The team has had a terrible performance in 2018 because, counting friendly and the League of Nations of the UEFA, accumulates 4 defeats, 1 draw and only 2 wins, being that it comes in negative phase, with 2 consecutive defeats. The visiting team has as its main problem its offensive sector, which has found enormous difficulties to score goals, so much that it did not score in 4 of the 7 games that it disputed this year, being a team that plays very close and tries to bet on the counterattack, but it lacks quality and speed to be effective playing in this way. As a visitor, Northern Ireland does not know what it is to win 6 matches for all competitions, since it did not score 1 goal even in these games, again showing its inoperability in the attack, plus it should be noted that 5 of these games they finished with a maximum of 2 goals in the final score, being matches, generally, with few scoring opportunities. For the game against Ireland, coach Michael O’Neill must keep the team in a tight 4-5-1, with the midfield very populated, to prevent the offensive attacks of Ireland.