There’s a crucial Group D clash on tap at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland this Saturday, June 13 between Ireland and Scotland as the Euro 2016 qualifying stages continue. Scotland has surprised the experts up to now as they sit in third place in the group, just one point behind leaders Poland and tied with Germany. The Scottish squad has 10 points from five games on three wins, a loss and a draw with 11 goals scored and five against. Fourth-place Ireland sits just two points behind them with two wins, a loss and two draws and are plus-seven in goal differential with 11 scored and four conceded. Georgia occupies fifth place in the group with three points while Gibraltar is in the basement with none.
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- Republic of Ireland vs Scotland: bet365 lists Ireland as the favorites to win the game at 13/10 with Scotland 23/10 and a draw at 21/10
The two teams met earlier in the qualifying group when Scotland pulled off a 1-0 win over the Irish at home at Celtic Park in Glasgow back in November. Shaun Maloney scored the one and only goal after 75 minutes for the three crucial points. Although the two countries are quite close to each other geographically, Scotland and Ireland have met each other in men’s senior games just 10 times in the past. The overall record is split right down the middle as each team has won and lost four times with the other two encounters ending in draws.
However, just five of these games were competitive fixtures while the other five were friendlies. When it comes to the competitive outings, Ireland has just one win, three losses and a draw. Their lone victory came back in 1987 in a qualifying game for the Euro 88 tournament. Ireland hasn’t won any of their past three Euro 2016 qualifying contests after thumping Gibraltar 7-0 at home. They have a pair of draws and a loss in the meantime. They’ll be taking on a Scotland team that hasn’t won on the road yet in the group stage as they’ve lost and drawn one each.
Scotland’s last Group D match saw them hammer Gibraltar 6-1 with Steven Fletcher scoring Scotland’s first hat-trick 1969 when Colin Stein banged in four goals in a match against Cyprus. Scotland and Ireland players are quite familiar with each other since many of them play in the English Premier League, with some of them even being teammates in the domestic game.
Ireland’s Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy holds the all-time record for goals in European Championship qualifying games with 21. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Holland and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo each have 17 to their name. Overall, Scotland has five wins, two losses and a draw in their past eight games and Ireland has four wins, a loss and three draws.