The veteran Italian boss saw his side secure a hard-earned point in Sweden on Friday and Willie Duncan is backing the Irish to follow up with victory over Marcel Koller's menRepublic of Ireland secured a battling point when they held Sweden to a 0-0 draw in Solna on Friday night and Giovanni Trappatoni’s men will be keen to build on the momentum of that result when they face a crucial World Cup 2014 qualification fixture against Austria in Dublin on Tuesday night.
The home side are priced up at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power to bag a vital victory over the Austrians while Marcel Koller’s side can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) with the same firm to follow up on Friday’s resounding 6-0 victory over Faroe Islands by upsetting the hosts. The draw is rated as a 9/4 (3.25) shot by Paddy Power.
Irish hopes of victory have been dented by news that talismanic striker and captain Robbie Keane will miss Tuesday’s clash through injury and, instead, it is Conor Sammon who is set to lead the line for Trappatoni’s men.
Sammon is available at 15/2 (8.50) to break the deadlock on Tuesday and the Derby County forward is also available at an industry best 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power to score anytime on Tuesday evening.
For the visitors, Philipp Hosiner is in a rich vein of form having scored a hugely impressive 12 goals in his last 10 matches for club and country and the 23-year-old striker, who scored twice against Faroe Islands on Friday, can be backed at a tempting 15/2 (8.50) to open the scoring on Tuesday.
Austria will come into the game with confidence flowing, having kept three consecutive clean sheets in qualification fixtures but the trip to Dublin looks to represent a tougher test for Koller’s men than those previous outings.
Ireland have shown signs of a much-needed return to defensive solidity, having conceded just two goals in four games since suffering a 6-1 mauling at the hands of Germany on a night to forget for Trappatoni's men back in October.
Therefore, the 11/10 (2.10) quote from Paddy Power for Giovanni Trappatoni’s men to pick up all three points on Tuesday looks to represent outstanding value in what promises to be a tight match while the 12/5 (3.40) on offer from the same firm for Ireland to win to nil should be snapped up by punters here.
Republic of Ireland to win at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
|Republic of Ireland to win to nil at 12/5 (3.40) with Paddy Power
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