Bet Builder tips: Our 14/1 punt for Ireland’s tricky test v Ukraine

Can the Boys in Green build on that mega win over Scotland? Our tipster Andrew Cunneen isn't so sure...

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I’m angry and upset because I appear to be in a toxic relationship with my own nation’s football team.

They ghost you for long periods of time during the league season, then they arrive on out of the blue just as you’re getting into routine; everyone loves them and tells you how great they are and that you should give them more of a break.

Then you finally pluck up the courage to try your best for them, only to be let down. Twice in a row in fact. So you resign yourself to being closed off to them.

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Only for them to go out and beat Scotland 3-0 courtesy of the future of the country.

Sorry, I didn’t have a good enough metaphor for the last bit so I just went with it.

Ireland go and play Ukraine in Poland on Tuesday night and I’m fed up of being wrong about them, so I’m falling back on the one thing I know they’ll be producing – and that’s inconsistencies.

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Tuesday 7.45pm: Ukraine v Ireland
TV: Premier Sports 2

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Both Teams to Score – No

Let’s take a look then, shall we. It always either goes right or very wrong. And in either instance, Ireland are scoring and keeping a clean sheet, or they won’t find the breakthrough to begin with.

There appears to be no in-between.

For all that Ireland played well against Scotland, their goalscoring methods weren’t dependable. It’s not a form-inducing methodology.  Michael Obafemi isn’t going to fire one into the top bin every week, nor is he going to temporarily turn into Zinedine Zidane with that assist.

Shane Duffy’s also suspended for this, so there goes your advantage from set pieces.

Under 2.5 Goals

The issue with wholesale changes is that it takes teams time to get into the run of things. Ireland probably wouldn’t have liked to make as many changes as they’re being forced to, and Ukraine’s ten changes against Ireland showed just how willing they’ve been to sacrifice this Nations campaign.

Expect the early stages of this to resemble a feet-finding mission for both sides, especially as there’s no home advantage to speak.

Andrii Yarmolenko to Score or Assist

The best player on the pitch will produce in a tight game, especially as Ukraine know balls into the box will wreak havoc for their opponent amid a defensive reshuffle.

Ireland generally don’t try and force opposition stars out of the game either, so don’t anticipate him being limited.

Troy Parrott to Have a Shot on Target

Ireland’s new hope, which sounds like a terrible Star Wars knock-off – but also a de facto foresight into the years to come.

Parrott is absurdly talented as previously alluded to by Jose Mourinho, but he’s also the most likely player in this Irish squad to shoot on-sight. He might not find the net, but he’ll absolutely not be found wanting.

Ukraine v Ireland Bet Builder tips

Both Teams to Score – No
Under 2.5 Goals
Andrii Yarmolenko to Score or Assist
Troy Parrott to Have a Shot on Target

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