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Poland vs Republic of Ireland Predictions

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Poland vs Republic Of Ireland Predictions

The Republic of Ireland are reeling after a heavy loss, but will they be able to contain the damage when they face Poland on Tuesday night? The Irish travel for a difficult looking friendly following their slip up in their Nations League opener, with their chances of staying in the second tier already looking bleak. Given that, taking on a side who have started well in the highest level of the new competition seems like an odd decision in hindsight, and the hosts will be out to pile on the misery for the Irish.

The hosts held Italy to a 1-1 draw in Bologna last week, as they started their run in the Nations League. We expect they’ll make changes following that tough test, and give a run out to some younger members of the squad who were brought along for the international double header. After a poor World Cup, Poland are going to be looking forward, before Euro 2020 qualifying starts. They have Robert Lewandowski now in to his 30’s, so trying out 23-year-old Krzysztof Piatek this week seems like the right thing for Poland to do.

The Irish were hammered 4-1 by Wales last week, which is some way to follow up their 5-1 beating at home to Denmark in the World Cup qualifiers 10 months ago. Worryingly, Wales and Denmark are the two sides the Republic are facing in their Nations League group, so dropping down to the third tier seems likely. Their chances of qualifying for the Euros would then rest on the traditional campaign in March, something they’ve struggled with in recent years. Martin O’Neill has lost a lot of credit with the nation’s supporters, and now he faces a tricky visit to Wroclaw.

The issue O’Neill has is a lack of talent coming through for his side to benefit from. Their attack looks particularly toothless, given that Jonathan Walters leads the line with 14 goals from 54 appearances. That’s not far off the 16 goals scored by the rest of the squad combined. That’s stopping the progressive football Irish fans want to see, as they have to double down their defensive efforts just to contend in games.

The Irish come here with an awful record on the road in friendlies, but they’ve been solid at the back. Their last 13 away friendlies have seen 12 matches with under three goals scored, including a 0-0 draw with Poland. We expect the Irish to take a defensive approach here, and with Poland set for changes we don’t expect another 4-1. Given the visitors’ long-standing record, we’re backing under 2.5 goals here, and a 2-0 home win.

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