Republic of Ireland v USA Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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With O'Neill's men struggling for goals but still tight at the back, Al Hain-Cole is not expecint much goalmouth action against the Stars and Stripes

The Republic of Ireland will round off their 2017-18 season with a friendly match against the USA at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Beaten 5-1 by Denmark in the World Cup play-offs, Martin O'Neill's men have lost both of their subsequent friendly matches against Turkey and France.

Latest Odds

However, having run out emphatic 4-1 winners when the sides last met back in 2014, they are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with SportPesa to go into the summer on a high note with a victory here.

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The Stars and Stripes eased to a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Monday, and can be backed at 13/5 (3.60) to come out on top once again here.

None of the last six encounters between this pair have resulted in draws, but there are odds of 11/5 (3.20) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.

Team News

Jeff Hendrick has returned to the squad after injury, although Derrick Williams and Harry Arter are both doubts and Shaun Williams has left the squad to get married. John O'Shea is set for his 119th and final cap ahead of international retirement.

Interim coach Dave Sarachan has released seven players and called up 10 more after the Bolivia game, with Christian Pulisic and Walker Zimmerman among those dropping out and DeAndre Yedlin and Chris Wood two of the new additions.

Goals at a premium

Having scored more than twice just four times in 35 games since the last encounter, it is hard to see the Boys in Green putting their guests to the sword in the same manner as that 4-1 victory four years ago.

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Indeed, O'Neill has seen his team hit the net just 11 times in 14 fixtures, with their last two friendlies against Turkey and France producing just one shot on target in total.

While they are therefore unlikely to cause too many problems for a visiting backline that has kept three consecutive clean sheets, the fact they have only conceded 16 times in that 14-match run themselves should ensure goals are difficult to come by at both ends.

Predictions

All in all, odds of 20/27 (1.74) offer solid value on no more than one side getting on target for Ireland's seventh game in eight, as well as a fourth in a row for the USA.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Both teams to score: No for a 3pt stake at 20/27 (1.74) with SportPesa SportPesa footer

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