The Boys in Green will hope to bounce back from Euro 2012 disappointment when they make the long trip to Central Asia, but Adam Bate is not expecting a fluid performanceGiovanni Trapattoni must attempt to raise his troops after their humiliating Euro 2012 campaign and that’s going to be tough judging by some of the noises coming out of the camp.
Darron Gibson has withdrawn from the squad, claiming to be still recovering from the disappointment of the Euros, Shay Given has retired and Richard Dunne is absent.
It will be tough for the Republic to ‘go again’ given the total commitment required to make their system work.
They are 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power to win this one.
Trapattoni will be encouraged by the fact that Kazakhstan haven’t beaten significant opposition since a February 2009 friendly win in Estonia.
But they are not getting thumped and there have been some narrow defeats – a 2-0 loss to Belgium and a 2-1 defeat to Croatia.
Kazakhstan are 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power to dent Ireland’s World Cup hopes at the outset.
The better bet would surely be the draw. Kazakhstan held Austria and Latvia recently and will fancy their chances of nullifying the Irish at home. The draw is available at 5/2 (3.50).
In the goalscorers market, Robbie Keane is 4/1 (5.00) favourite to open the scoring, while the home side’s best chance of a goal is Sergei Ostapenko at 8/1 (9.00) with Paddy Power.
But the real value might be the 0-0 at 13/2 (7.50). Those Austria and Latvia games were both goalless, as were five of Ireland’s previous 14 away including the last two.
Even if Ireland do manage to find the net, we’re going under 2.5 goals here.
The visitors don’t really have the quality that would allow them to hammer Kazakhstan away and 12 of their last 17 matches have seen under 2.5 goals.
For the pick of the bets, back under 2.5 goals at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power.
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