The Republic Of Ireland host Greece on Wednesday night at the Aviva Stadium in what looks likely to be a tight mid week friendly match. It may only be a friendly but Giovanni Trapattoni will be eager to see Ireland take a morale boosting win into the new year against a solid looking Greek side. It is a vital game for the home side as they play their first home match since their 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany and the fans will be demanding a better showing from the boys in green.
Ireland did bounce back last time out when they picked up a decent 4-1 win away in the Faroe Islands but the Greeks will offer a difficult test with a number of new faces in the Irish squad this week. Trapattoni has highlighted the importance of a win this week to restore the confidence of the team but it won't be easy against a decent Greek side who boast a number of well known faces in their ranks.
Home advantage will hopefully prove crucial for Ireland here and that is reflected in the betting with Paddy Power making them the 6/4 favourites to win the match by any score line. They will have to do without the likes of Jon Walters, Aiden McGeady and Keith Fahey through injury while record goal scorer Robbie Keane will miss the match with the LA Galaxy playing in the MLS Cup Final. New names in the squad include the uncapped Conor Clifford of Chelsea while Andy Keogh is back in the set up along with Wes Hoolahan who looks likely to win just his second cap on Wednesday night.
Greece are still remembered by many for their famous win at Euro 2004 and while they are not at that level in 2012 they remain a solid European team who are difficult to beat. The Greeks will be looking to Georgios Samaras to lead the line with the Celtic Striker in fine fettle at the moment off of the back of their famous win against Barcelona last week. Greece are currently ranked as the 12th best team in the world at the moment which is clearly a little generous but it does highlight the size of the task facing Ireland on Wednesday night.
The Greeks arrive in Dublin unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying group and in prime position to qualify for Brazil in 2014. With that in mind Greece may offer some value here and are currently priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power to win the match by any score line. They are the slight outsiders based on the fact they are away from home but on the bare form they go into the match as the better team at the moment.
This looks like a tough match to call either way but Greece arrive in Dublin in excellent form and we cant see them leaving the Aviva empty handed. There is plenty of attacking flair on both sides and with goals likely we feel that the 14/1 on offer Paddy Power about the match ending 2-2 represents fantastic value in a tight market.
Tip - Ireland and Greece to draw 2-2 @ 14/1 with Paddy Power
Republic Of Ireland v Greece Match Odds
6/4 Republic Of Ireland
Correct Score Odds
5/1 - 1-1 Draw
6/1 - 1-0 Ireland
6/1 - 0-0 Draw
13/2 - 1-0 Greece
17/2 - 2-1 Ireland
9/1 - 2-1 Greece
10/1 - 2-0 Ireland
12/1 - 2-0 Greece
14/1 - 2-2 Draw
All markets are supplied courtesy of Paddy Power.com
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