Republic of Ireland v Latvia Preview

November 14, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_newInternational Friendly action Friday Night comes from The Aviva Stadium featuring Republic of Ireland versus Latvia.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 4 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia Preview, International Friendly, Friday 15th November 2013

The Republic of Ireland are under new management after the appointment of Martin O’Neill and with legend Roy Keane having came in as the assistant coach things are starting to look up for all Republic of Ireland supporters having been dissapointed at missing out on qualification to next summers World Cup Finals in Brazil.

Latvia could only manage two wins in their World Cup qualification group and eventually finished 2nd bottom on just 8pts which would of also been a dissapointment to the players and fans as although they were never really fancied at having much chance of qualification, they would of wanted to do a lot better than picking up just two victories and this game on friday night will provide them with a chance of putting that dissapointment behind them if they can secure a shock victory.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia Team News

Republic of Ireland Team News:

Darron Gibson, Ciaran Clark and Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson are all unavailable for the hosts for this game as each player continues to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Kevin Doyle or Shane Long is likely to partner skipper Robbie Keane up front for this game with support in midfield being provided by Wesley Hoolahan, Anthony Pilington and James McCarthy.

Latvia Team News:

Striker Artjoms Rudnevs is the only player unavailable for the visitors as he continues recovery from injury. Maris Verpakovskis and Vladimirs Kamess are likely to lead the attack up front with support in behind coming from Aleksandrs Cauna, Jurijs Zigajevs and Ritvars Rugins.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia Head to Head Statistics

Friday night’s game from The Aviva Stadium will become just the 5th meeting between the two countries over the years from which Republic of Ireland have managed 4 wins, Latvia have managed 0 wins and there has been 0 draws.

The previous 4 meetings between the two nation’s as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Republic of Ireland having had a commanding advantage winning all 4 games with Latvia only having managed to score 1 goal in the process.

11/10/95 ECQ Republic of Ireland – Latvia
2 : 1
07/09/94 ECQ Latvia – Republic of Ireland
0 : 3
08/06/93 WQE Latvia – Republic of Ireland
0 : 2
09/09/92 WQE Republic of Ireland – Latvia
4 : 0

Average Goals Per Game?

12 goals have been scored in the previous 4 meetings between the two countries which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.00 which suggests that this game should see at least a couple of goals scored during this one.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Republic of Ireland: D L L L W

Latvia: D W L L D

Very little between the two countries on the recent head to head stats with both having won a game each, although Latvia have only lost twice compared to Republic of Ireland having lost three times.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia Match Betting Odds Market.

Republic of Ireland have not been in the best of form recently but the online bookmakers are expecting newly appointed Martin O’Neill’s side to win this game comfortably having them priced up as the clear odds on favourites at a best a price of just 4/11 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) on offer.

The Draw has not happened once in the previous four meetings and that statistic does not look like changing, but for those that think Latvia can return home with at least something from this game they can enjoy a best price of 4/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) currently available.

Latvia are not given much hope of winning this game on friday night at the Aviva Stadium as their current best price of 10/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) clearly indicates.

Republic of Ireland v Latvia Match Betting Tips, Predictions & First Goal Scorer Bets.

The Republic of Ireland have a decent record when playing at the Aviva Stadium and from their six matches played there this year they have only been defeated once when losing 1-2 against Sweden back in early september and with a brand new management staff now in charge the fans and players will be confident of adding to that impressive run.

You have to go back to the 2nd of september 2011 to find the last time Latvia won a game away from home in 90mins, this coming in the European Qualification match against Georgia which they won 0-1, they did also beat Finland on penalties away from home in the Baltic Cup on the 3rd of June 2012 but as the online bookmakers prices show, they are not given much hope of causing a shock win in this game at huge odds of 10/1 with Bet365.

Although the Republic of Ireland do have a couple of players unavailable for this game, they still have a very strong squad to choose their starting lineup from and for me will be too strong for Latvia the longer the game goes on and I fully expect to see Martin O’Niell and Roy Keane get their new appointments off to the perfect start and comfortably win this game by at least a couple of goals on friday night.

The goal stats suggest this game to see at least a couple of goals scored and with Latvia having a very limited attack up front it does seem that the Republic of Ireland will be the ones scoring all the goals, so markets like the Asian Handicap, Half Time/Full Time and Anytime Goalscorers could be the sensible places to concentrate on here.

The Verdict

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