England vs Republic of Ireland: International friendly preview and odds

England vs Republic of Ireland predictions: International friendly preview and odds
We are backing England to win a tight contest against the Republic of Ireland Credit: Getty

We are back for some international friendly action and have our three best England vs Republic of Ireland betting tips

England will be keen to return to winning ways after a disappointing home defeat by Denmark last time out when the Republic of Ireland visit Wembley on Thursday night.

The Three Lions were criticised for their below-par performance in their Nations League clash and will see this as an important encounter ahead of a meeting with Belgium on Sunday.

The Republic of Ireland will also be keen to improve on their last result, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Finland. 

England vs Republic of Ireland predictions 

England will be keen to get back to winning ways and the Republic of Ireland, who have been struggling for form of late, could be ideal opponents. England were on a seven-game undefeated streak before losing to Denmark and will hope that result proves to be nothing more than a blip. Ireland, meanwhile, are without a win in six and the Three Lions can take advantage and pick up a victory.

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England vs Republic of Ireland betting tips

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Goals at a premium at Wembley

England’s performance against Denmark was lacklustre to say the least, albeit Gareth Southgate did name a much-changed starting line-up. 

The 1-0 scoreline meant three of England’s last five games have seen under 2.5 goals, with opponents regularly setting up to defend deep and hit the Three Lions on the break.

Southgate could have one eye on Sunday’s clash against Belgium, meaning it may not be England’s strongest XI that faces Ireland and a lack of cutting edge up front might again be an issue.

England’s last seven meetings with the Republic of Ireland have seen under 2.5 goals and we are backing it on Thursday.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals @ 21/20 with bet365

England to dominate the game

The Republic of Ireland are on a dreadful run of form and haven’t won a game since a 3-1 friendly win against New Zealand in November 2019.

Since then there have been three draws and three defeats, and while defensively Ireland have shown promise, they have struggled in attack, scoring just twice during that spell.

The lack of attacking prowess on Ireland’s part could help England dominate.

The Three Lions’ last friendly win was against Wales, where they won both half-time and full-time, while their last Nations League win against Belgium saw them score in the first half.

With the Republic of Ireland struggling in front of goal, England to be winning at half-time and win the game looks like a solid bet.

Tip: Half-time/Full-time - England/England @ 20/21 with bet365

Calvert-Lewin to take his chance

With Euro 2021 only seven months away, the race is on to stake a claim to be in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin burst onto the scene this season with nine goals in his first six games of the season in all competitions and scored on his England debut against Wales.

The Everton hitman has scored two goals in six games for club and country since, and will be keen to hit the back of the net to keep himself at the forefront of Southgate’s mind. We are backing Calvert-Lewin to score at any time.

Tip: Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score at any time @ 6/5 with bet365

England vs Republic of Ireland odds

England are the 1/3 favourites to win on Thursday at Wembley while the Republic of Ireland are unfancied by the bookies at 17/2 and the draw 15/4.

England team news

Joe Gomez has joined Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold on the sidelines after picking up an injury in training. Tyrone Mings is likely to step in and join Harry Maguire and Conor Coady in a back three. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been called up for the first time but is likely to start on the bench, with Calvert-Lewin supported by Jack Grealish and Phil Foden. 

England predicted line-up (3-4-2-1): Pope; Maguire, Coady, Mings; James, Winks, Rice, Saka; Grealish, Foden; Calvert-Lewin.

Republic of Ireland team news

Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick has announced his retirement from international duty while Seamis Coleman is struggling with a hamstring injury. The front free is likely to be Robbie Brady, Adam Idah and Daryl Horgan, while Cyrus Christie, Dara O’Shea, John Egan and Kevin Long will make up the back four. Enda Stevens and Aaron Connolly have withdrawn through injury.

Republic of Ireland predicted line-up (4-3-3): Randolph; Christie, O'Shea, Egan, Long; Molumby, McCarthy, Browne; Horgan, Idah, Brady.

Last five results

England

14 Oct 20 NL England 0 Denmark 1 L

11 Oct 20 NL England 2 Belgium 1 W

8 Oct 20 F England 3 Wales 0 W

8 Sep 20 NL Denmark 0 England 0 D

5 Sep 20 NL Iceland 0 England 1 W

Republic of Ireland

14 Oct 20 NL Finland 1 Ireland 0 L

11 Oct 20 NL Ireland 0 Wales 0 D

8 Oct 20 EC Slovakia 0 Ireland 0 L*

6 Sep 20 NL Ireland 0 Finland 1 L

3 Sep 20 NL Bulgaria 1 Ireland 1 D

*Slovakia won 4-2 on penalties

NL Nations League F Friendly EC European Championship

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