Poland-Republic of Ireland Betting Preview: O'Neill's men capable of forcing a dour draw

After recording a comfortable win over Latvia on Friday, our tipster is backing the Boys in Green to follow up by holding Adam Nawalka's men on Tuesday
Martin O'Neill's reign as Republic of Ireland manager got off to a dream start as the Boys in Green cruised to a 3-0 victory over Latvia in Dublin on Friday night, and the former Sunderland boss will be hoping to see his side claim back-to-back victories when they travel to take on Poland in Poznan on Tuesday.

Adam Nawalka's debut as Poland coach turned sour as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Slovakia on Friday night but the hosts are chalked up as 11/10 (2.10) favourites with BetVictor to bounce back by beating the Irish here.

O'Neill's men are available at 12/5 (3.40) with BetVictor to claim victory in Poland while the draw is priced up as an 11/5 (3.20) chance with the same firm.

Poland have failed to net in any of their last three matches while Ireland are without a goal in five of their last six away games so a low-scoring encounter seems likely when these two sides go head-to-head on Tuesday.

Therefore, the 7/10 (1.70) quote from BetVictor for fewer than three goals to be scored in Poznan represents decent value while the 17/10 (2.70) on offer from the same firm for the first half to remain goalless is also likely to prove popular with punters.

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is likely to lead the line for Nawalka's men against the Boys in Green on Tuesday night and the 25-year-old front man, who has scored 12 goals in 17 appearances for his club this season, is chalked up as a 100/30 (4.33) chance with BetVictor to net the opener for the hosts.

However, chances may be at a premium when these two sides meet - especially with Robbie Keane absent for the Irish - so the 11/5 (3.20) quote from BetVictor for O'Neill's men to force a draw is the recommended play for punters here.

Draw at 11/5 (3.20) 2pts stake with BetVictor

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