The coaching team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane will take charge of the side for the first time and, following last week’s confirmation of the duo’s appointment, there appears to be renewed hope amongst fans that the country can reach Euro 2016.
Following a bitterly disappointing qualification campaign for World Cup 2014, Paddy Power offer just 5/6 (1.83) that Ireland fail to reach the next major tournament – Euro 2016 in France.
However, it is worth noting that the European Championship is to be expanded in 2016 and, with 24 teams qualifying instead of 16, the task facing O’Neill and Keane in guiding Ireland to Paris may not be as difficult as it may appear.
Ireland, of course, qualified for the last European Championship in 2012 and, with that in mind, there is value in backing the same 5/6 (1.83) quote from Paddy Power for the Irish to reach Euro 2016.
Keane, of course, has been a coach in his own right in the recent past, having taken charge of Ipswich Town for two years and, should the former Manchester United midfielder be offered an attractive Premier League job in the future, his commitment to the Irish cause may be tested.
Paddy Power offer just 4/6 (1.67) that Keane leaves his post at the FAI before O’Neill, while the former Celtic manager can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) with the same firm to abandon his role before his assistant.
O’Neill has already suggested that failure to qualify for Euro 2016 would put his position in jeopardy and, therefore, the 6/5 (2.20) quote from Paddy Power for O’Neill not to be Ireland boss on January 1, 2017 is certainly attractive here for those who believe Ireland won't qualify for the tournament.
Paddy Power offer an even money (2.0) quote that Keane leaves his role as assistant coach prior to January 1, 2017, while the Irish bookmakers offer 2/1 (3.0) that the 42-year-old ultimately succeeds O’Neill as the Republic of Ireland boss.
Following the appointment of two strong characters, there is sure to be plenty of interest in the relationship that O’Neill and Keane form.
Results, though, will be the main priority for the duo and they are capable of achieving relative success during their spell in charge of Ireland.
Therefore, the 5/6 (1.83) quote for Republic of Ireland to qualify for Euro 2016 is the recommended play for punters given the expansion of the tournament, which should mean Ireland have a good chance of appearing at consecutive European Championships.
|Republic of Ireland to qualify for Euro 2016 at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power
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