Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland vs Finland

, KO: 17:00 Sep 6, 2020, Aviva Stadium
Finland

AFTER being spared defeat on his Ireland debut thanks to an injury-time equaliser on Thursday night, manager Stephen Kenny is back on home turf and eyeing a first win against Finland.

The Nations League point away to Bulgaria was an unspectacular start to the Kenny era. His side had the better chances but shipped a sloppy goal then required a towering Shane Duffy header to bail them out.

As always, a lack of cutting edge is a problem for Ireland. Nineteen-year-old Norwich striker Adam Idah was handed his debut in Sofia, flanked by Aaron Connelly, 20, and 25-year-old Callum O'Dowda in a trio with zero international goals between them.

Idah endured a tough night and is likely to make way for Shane Long or David McGoldrick in Dublin as Ireland look for more attacking threat.

They welcome a Finland team who made a losing start to the group, conceding 10 minutes from time to go down 1-0 at home to Wales.

The Finns, however, still have a feelgood factor about them, having qualified for their first major finals by securing runners-up spot in their Euro 2020 group.

How do the bookies view it?

Kenny's side are 4-5 at Unibet to mark his first home game in charge with a win, while the Finns are 4-1 at Betway and the draw pays 13-5 at Unibet.

Betting angles

It's unlikely to be a classic, but the Irish – unbeaten in seven at home – should do enough to eke out a first victory for their new gaffer.

As mentioned above, though, they can find goals hard to come by. Therefore, a home win and under 3.5 looks a solid shout at 6-5 with Boylesports.

A riskier play is the hosts to win by a one-goal margin, which tempts at 11-5 with Betfair, while the hosts not to lose coupled with under 2.5 match goals is a bet365 bet builder at 4-5 that's worth consideration.

As centre-back Duffy's goal on Thursday proved, the Irish are nifty at set-pieces and tend to get plenty of them.

They won the corner count 5-1 in Bulgaria, and will again look to make the most of their aerial prowess. Back the Irish to have most corners and half-time and full-time at 3-4 with William Hill.

This match between Republic of Ireland and Finland will be played on Sep 6, 2020 and kick off at 17:00. Check below for our tipsters best Republic of Ireland vs Finland prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.

Republic of Ireland vs Finland Betting Tips & Predictions
Ireland win & under 3.5 goals
6-5
Boylesports
Ireland double chance & under 2.5 goals
4-5
Ireland most corners HT/FT
3-4
William Hill
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