Republic of Ireland tipped to make Euro finals via playoffs

The Republic of Ireland will be taking the final steps, starting on Friday night, to hopefully make next summer’s UEFA European Championships in France. Martin O’Neill’s men failed to qualify directly from the group stage but did enough to make the playoffs. Now only Bosnia and Herzegovina stand in their way.

The Republic travel to Bosnia for Friday’s first leg, with the return in Dublin next Monday (16th November). O’Neill’s men are being quoted at odds of 11/1 to qualify.

Tipster Alex McMahon writes on 888sport: “Ireland conceded just seven goals in the group stages and will be aiming for two more excellent displays in the playoff round. With the likes of Seamus Coleman, Aidan McGeady and Glenn Whelan, they have experienced Premier League players in their squad and have more than enough talent to cause problems for the Bosnia defence.”

The Irish will find their opponents tough nuts to crack as the Bosnians go into the first leg on the back of a three competitive game winning run. Victory over the two legs would see Bosnia reach their first ever European finals. For their part, Ireland came through what many describe as the toughest of groups to make it this far in the competition. Playoff victory would see the Republic joining fellow British Isles sides England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the finals.

Other sides expected to reach the 2016 finals include Norway, who are being tipped to beat Hungary at odds of 4/7 over the two legs.

Ukraine are clear favourites to see off the challenge of Slovenia at 13/25, while the all-Scandinavian encounter between Sweden and Denmark looks particularly intriguing. Denmark won the 1992 competition but are no longer the footballing force they once were, and Sweden are favourites to go through at 4/5.

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