- Republic of Ireland have won three of their last five games.
- Lithuania have lost three of their last six games.
- Republic of Ireland have kept clean sheets in four of their last six games.
Irish in ascendancy ahead of Lithuania clash
The Republic of Ireland, who are now seven games unbeaten after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Belgium, should be too strong for Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium. But for Cristiano Ronaldo’s late show in World Cup qualifying, it could easily have been as many as 11 games since Stephen Kenny’s side last tasted defeat.
Kenny’s squad are mostly attached to Football League clubs and know their limitations. The Boys in Green don’t have an international calibre goalscorer on tap or much creativity in the squad, but there’s some emerging talent like Liverpool keeper Caoimhín Kelleher and Burnley centre-back Nathan Collins that could develop nicely over the next cycle.
A home win is expected and the short odds on Ireland to do the business seem about right given Lithuania are such poor travellers. Rinktine have lost eight of their last nine on foreign shores with their only success during that time coming courtesy of a 90th minute winner in Kazakhstan.
Rinktine are really struggling for goals
They are without some experienced players for this trip and don’t look to have enough goals in the squad. Of the three strikers in Valdas Ivanauskas’ party, only one has scored for Lithuania and his dismal tally is two in 27 internationals.
Therefore, a win to nil looks an ideal play for Tuesday’s tussle – especially given Ireland had maintained clean sheets in their last four games prior to the Belgium clash and Lithuania have scored just one goal in their last seven away games. A 2-0 victory seems to fit quite well because Kenny’s side have hit an average of 1.8 goals per game in the last 12 months.
Callum Robinson has scored six goals in his last four internationals and looks worth a wager in the anytime goalscorer betting. The West Brom striker has been through a lean patch for his club this season, but ended an 11-game scoreless run with the winner against Fulham recently.