Belgium v Republic of Ireland Betting: Both defences could be breached

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Both teams are in need of three points after failing to win their opening games, but our tipster thinks better value lies in backing goals at both ends ahead of Saturday's clash

Belgium will attempt to get their Euro 2016 campaign back on track when they face Republic of Ireland. Marc Wilmots' men were strongly fancied in many quarters coming into this tournament, but the Rode Duivels suffered a damaging defeat against Italy in their opening Group E fixture.

Ireland will provide stiff opposition, for they have lost just two of their last 15 fixtures and, after picking up a point from their opening group game, the Boys in Green know that victory here would see them take a significant step towards a place in the knockout stages of the competition for the first time.

Wilmots' team are Paddy Power's 8/11 (1.72) favourites to claim a vital victory, while Ireland are available at a chunky 4/1 (5.0) to come out on top in a match at the European Championships for the first time in 28 years.

Paddy Power have an enhanced odds promotion available to those who believe the underdogs can triumph against the odds. Anyone opening an account can back a huge 15/1 (16.0) quote on Martin O'Neill's men via the link below.

Four of the last six meetings between these two nations has ended all square and, given that Martin O'Neill's side have been held in three of their last four fixtures, the 14/5 (3.80) quote from Paddy Power for this match to end in stalemate could well prove popular with punters.

Belgium boast an embarrassment of riches in the final third of the pitch, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all expected to be named in Wilmots' starting line-up, but the Belgian back line has been ravaged by injury and they are vulnerable.

Wilmots' makeshift defensive unit struggled to cope with the threat posed by Italy and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was called upon to make a string of fine saves as they were outclassed by the Azzurri in their opening group game. Should those defensive deficiencies continue to haunt Belgium in Bordeaux, Ireland have sufficient quality to make Wilmots' outfit pay, for the Boys in Green have found the net in each of their last 12 matches.

Paddy Power's 5/6 (1.83) quote for both teams to score offers outstanding value for punters, especially when it is considered that Ireland have kept just one clean sheet in the seven competitive meetings between the two teams, while there have been goals at both ends in six of Ireland's last eight matches.

Furthermore, this selection would have paid dividends in seven of Belgium's last eight games, while Wilmots' side have managed a solitary clean sheet - against Cyprus - in their last 12 outings.

Neither side can lay claim to a good record in this competition, for Ireland have failed to win any of their last six matches at the European Championships, while Belgium have been beaten in six of their last eight ties in the tournament.

With so much at stake, the nerves are sure to be jangling, but there is plenty of potential for goals in this game. Punters are, therefore, advised to snap up the juicy 5/6 (1.83) quote from Paddy Power for goals at both ends during Saturday's showdown.

Those looking for further incentive to get involved should take advantage of Paddy Power's superb money back special on this match - simply bet £20 on a team to win the match and Paddy Power will pay you £5 for every goal that your team scores.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power

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