Republic of Ireland begin their preparation for Euro 2012 with a warm-up clash against Bosnia and despite the absence of three senior defenders, namely Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and John O’Shea, the Irish are odds-on at 10/11 with Ladbrokes to prevail in Dublin.
The visitors, who agonisingly missed out on qualification for the tournament in a play-off, are bet365’s 4/1 outsiders and given that Giovanni Trapattoni’s charges enjoy home advantage that looks about right.
Nevertheless, a close encounter looks inevitable given that the hosts won’t want to exert themselves too much and risk injury ahead of the finals, so a case can be made for a home win by a one-goal margin, available via Skybet at 5/2.
Elsewhere, Coral chalk Trapattoni’s men up at 5/1 to bag the only goal of the game at the Aviva Stadium, where it’s 2/1 courtesy of Blue Square for the hosts to lead at the end of each half and Boylesports price Wolves centre-forward Kevin Doyle at 6/1 to notch first.
Republic of Ireland to beat Bosnia 1-0 – 5/1 (Coral)