13th Jun 2015 | International

Celtic Battle Bound To Be Tight

Group D is on a knife-edge with these local rivals desperate to stay in touch with Germany and Poland.

Lazy journalism dictates that this is a ‘must-win’ match for the Republic because they sit fourth in Group D, but given they are still only four points off top spot, it’s more the case that they can’t afford to lose.

A defeat would put Scotland five points clear of their hosts whereas a draw would ensure it’s still all to play for heading into next season. Third place guarantees a play-off and potentially even automatic qualification as things stand.

This all matters because I think both managers might just settle for a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium at a best price of 13/2 with BetVictor. Although the onus is on the Irish, at home and trailing, Martin O’Neill may be without Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady.

A trend towards low-scoring matches is easy to find. There have been under 2.5 goals in all three of Ireland’s qualifying games against their main three opponents. They also drew 0-0 with England last weekend.

The Scots have developed a knack for winning 1-0 but may lack adventure here; they would surely take a useful point from a goalless encounter.

1pt 0-0 Draw 13/2 with BetVictor
Place Bet Now

Odds correct at time of publishing: 10:25 13th Jun, 2015 but subject to change

Best Free Bets