The Italian has been criticised for his selection policy after some disappointing results over the past year, but his team are slight favourites at 13/8 (2.63) with William Hill to start 2013 with a morale-boosting win.
Opposite number Waldemar Fornalik has an almost full strength squad at his disposal, and after some encouraging recent performances, his side look like an attractive proposition at odds of 19/10 (2.90).
The two sides have only drawn one of their last 10 combined fixtures, but you can get odds of 2/1 (3.00) on them cancelling each other out at the Aviva Stadium.
Both of these teams are more renowned as solid defensive units, but have been seeing an uncharacteristic number of goals at both ends in the last few matches.
The appointment of Fornalik to replace Franciszek Smuda following an underwhelming Euro 2012 seems to have led to a more attacking Polish setup, and this approach has seen 14 goals scored in the last three games alone.
Considering the Boys in Green will be missing some if their more experienced defenders, it seems unlikely that they will manage to contain a dangerous visiting attack, while the presence of Shane Long, Kevin Doyle, Jonathan Walters & Co. up front ensure that they will pose a considerable threat of their own.
A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in eight of the last 10 combined fixtures for tonight’s opponents, so this market looks like great value at 19/20 (1.95).
Jakub Blaszczykowski has scored 9 goals in 16 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund this season, and the skipper rarely lets his country down, having been one of their best performers at the big stage of Euro 2012.
Considering the prolific winger is usually the man trusted with penalty duty, odds of 7/2 (4.50) look surprisingly generous on him hitting the back of the net at any point this evening, and are surely far too good to pass up.
|Both teams to score at 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill
||Jakub Blaszczykowski to score anytime at 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill
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