SlipsTips takes a look at the Bet Builder market ahead of Republic of Ireland and Scotland's Nations League encounter on Saturday evening.
Republic of Ireland vs Scotland (Saturday, 17:00)
Scotland will endeavour to make it two victories from two in Nations League Group B1 when they visit Republic of Ireland on Saturday evening.
Steve Clarke's side bounced back from a bruising 3-1 World Cup play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Ukraine with a comfortable 2-0 win over Armenia on Wednesday night.
Ireland, by contrast, saw their Nations League campaign begin in deeply disappointing fashion with a 1-0 loss at Armenia before slumping to a 1-0 defeat at home to an almost entirely second-string Ukraine side.
Stephen Kenny’s hosts are somewhat surprisingly favourites at 17/10 to win this game while a Tartan Army triumph is trading at 19/10.
Scotland will have their backers at the aforementioned price but I would rather take the 11/10 (SkyBet) on each team to hit 3+ corners and each team to receive 10+ booking points.
Despite their well-documented struggles, Ireland have been prominent corner performers in recent times, hitting three or more flag kicks in each of their last 12 outings, a sample that includes a bout with Belgium as well as home and way matches with Portugal.
As for the Scots, they tend to deploy a system that focuses on width, with the visitors earning a minimum of three corners in each of their last 12 competitive contests.
As such, I’m happy to back both teams to cover the 3+ corner line in Dublin, and to conclude the selection, I'll go with both nations to receive a minimum of 10+ booking points.
The derby aspect of this Saturday evening encounter should lead to few cards, not to mention Italian referee Marco di Bello was dishing out an average of 4.4 cards per-game across all competitions during the regular season.
With all this in mind, as well as the fact that the aforementioned Bet Builder would have paid out in both countries' recent contests with Ukraine, siding with the same play here looks like a nice way in at 11/10 with SkyBet.
- Each team 3+ Corners
- Each team 10+ Booking Points
- 11/10 (SkyBet)