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Armenia vs Republic of Ireland Predictions

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  • Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht
Armenia
Republic Of Ireland
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Both Teams To Score - No

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Draw 0-0

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have not scored in four of Armenia’s last five games and six of their last nine.
  • Both teams have not scored in nine of the Republic of Ireland’s last 13 competitive away games.
  • Armenia have lost only two of their last nine home games, including friendlies.

Heat won’t do Irish any favours in Armenia

The Republic of Ireland could find the oppressive heat of Yerevan prevents them from stamping their authority on Saturday’s Nations League B Group 1 clash against Armenia.

The Irish finally managed to get on a roll under Stephen Kenny in the last World Cup qualifying programme and come into this contest with only one defeat – courtesy of some late Cristiano Ronaldo heroics – on their record from the last 12 matches.

Away wins over Azerbaijan and Luxembourg, the latter ranked only two places lower than Armenia on Fifa’s current list, suggest they have the ability to take all three points from this fixture, but we have to question if they have the energy levels after a long and draining season. Kenny demands intensity from his team and that has produced some notable positive results in recent games against World Cup-bound Serbia, Portugal and Belgium.

No confidence in Mountaineers’ goal-shy attack 

But with pitchside temperatures forecast to be in the mid-30s by kick-off, it’s likely the visitors will have to modify their usual gameplan. Armenia are clearly more used to the conditions and play with a more adapted style, which has brought them reasonable success at home across the last 18 months.

It’s very notable from their recent games, however, that scoring goals has become a bit of a problem. Joaquín Caparrós’ Mountaineers side have hit the back of the net just twice in their last five internationals and may find Kenny’s improving backline too steep to conquer.

Backing both teams not to score, therefore, seems a sensible play as nine of the Republic of Ireland’s last 13 competitive away games would have seen that bet land. A 0-0 draw could have some legs here – even if the Irish do not – as Armenia have managed to keep clean sheets in three of their last seven home contests.

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