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Martin O'Neill takes charge of Ireland for the first time on Friday night and our tipster expects the home side to lead at both half-time and full-time against Marians Pahars' men

After the FAI announced the man they had apppointed to succeed Giovani Trapattoni, Martin O'Neill will take charge of Republic of Ireland for the first time when his new side take on Latvia in an international friendly at Aviva Stadium.

Ireland endured a dismal World Cup 2014 qualification campaign but, following the appointment of O'Neill plus Roy Keane as his assistant, there is sure to be plenty of interest in Friday's clash in Dublin.

Ireland are warm favourites to ensure that O'Neill's tenure gets off to the perfect start, with Paddy Power offering just 2/5 (1.40) for a home win.

Those odds appear to be justified considering that Latvia have won just one of their last 10 matches and are available at a chunky 7/1 (8.0) with Paddy Power to rain on the new manager's parade by claiming victory while the same firm go 7/2 (4.50) that the match ends in stalemate.

Talismanic striker Robbie Keane could be selected to lead the line for Ireland once again on Friday night and punters should note that Paddy Power will refund all losing first scorer, last scorer, correct score and scorecast singles on Friday's tussle should the LA Galaxy striker score the final goal of the game.

Keane has certainly been in fine form for his club so far this term, notching an impressive 16 goals in 25 matches in Major League Soccer and the 10/11 (1.91) quote from Paddy Power for the 33-year-old frontman to score at any time is hugely tempting.

Ireland will likely be boosted by the appointment of O'Neill and Keane and it would come as little surprise should the hosts come out of the blocks quickly against Marians Pahars's men on Friday.

Therefore, the 5/6 (1.83) quote from Paddy Power for Ireland to lead at half-time would appear to represent decent value here.

Better value, though, can be had by snapping up Paddy Power's even money (2.0) quote for the Boys in Green to lead at both half-time and full-time in Dublin.

Those looking to back bigger prices should take a chance on the juicy 7/2 (4.50) on offer from the same firm for Robbie Keane to get the ball rolling for the hosts with the opening goal of the game.

Refund on losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles with Paddy Power if Robbie Keane scores last

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