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With both managers naming strong squads as they prepare for September's Euro 2016 qualifiers, Al Hain-Cole expects a competitive encounter to feature goals at both ends

The Republic of Ireland begin a summer of friendly matches by welcoming Turkey to the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Having overseen a win, a draw and a defeat in his three games in charge, Martin O'Neill is on offer 29/20 (2.45) with bet365 to double his victory tally in international football.

However, the visitors arrive in Dublin on the back of a morale-boosting 6-1 win over Kosovo on Wednesday and are available at 9/5 (2.80) to record a fifth consecutive victory.

Each of the last three meetings between the nations have resulted in draws and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them sharing the spoils once again in their first encounter in over a decade.

While O'Neill is still learning the ropes at this level, opposite number Fatih Terim has just overseen his 100th match in charge of the national team after being recalled for a third stint at the helm in an attempt to salvage an ailing World Cup qualification campaign last summer.

Although defeat to Netherlands in the final group game put paid to the Crescent Stars' Brazilian dream, seven wins from the seven other matches under the veteran manager suggest that things are shaping up nicely for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

With both bosses having resisted the urge to try out untested youngsters by naming strong experienced squads, Sunday's game is likely to prove a stern test for the Boys in Green as they look to build on the feel-good factor surrounding O'Neill's appointment.

An attacking line-up including Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Burak Yilmaz and Mevlut Erdinc at opposite ends of the pitch should ensure that neither goalkeeper has an easy evening in a competitive encounter, with odds of 5/6 (1.83) looking good on both teams finding the net.

That bet would have paid out in four of Turkey's last five friendly matches and three of Ireland's last four on home soil, so should be safe when they go head-to-head in a full blooded encounter.

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Both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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