England vs Republic of Ireland: Odds, prediction and betting tips – Jack Grealish ready to haunt the Irish with key role

ENGLAND entertain the Republic of Ireland at Wembley in Thursday evening's international friendly.

Manager Gareth Southgate will be hopeful of a confidence-boosting victory ahead of critical Nations League clashes against Belgium and Iceland.


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Here, SunSport takes a closer look at Thursday night's fixture with all the tips, odds and our prediction in this betting preview.

The Three Lions had mixed success during the last international break.

Harry Kane and co. dispatched Wales and recovered from a one-nil deficit beat the world’s No.1 ranked team in Belgium.

However, it was a case of one step forward, two steps back for Southgate's side when suffering a miserable 1-0 defeat to Denmark.

With Sunday's fixture against Belgium and next Wednesday's tie with Iceland carrying such significance – it's highly unlikely England will be at full strength.

And we think that will make for an extremely low scoring affair.

England vs. Republic of Ireland odds – Ladbrokes

Result

England: 1/3

Draw: 19/5

Republic of Ireland: 17/2

First goalscorer

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 5/2

Tammy Abraham: 5/2

Phil Foden: 5/1

Adam Idah: 11/1

Goal market

Over 3.5 goals: 17/10

Under 2.5 goals: 21/20

Specials

England to win 1-0: 11/2

Jack Grealish to score first: 5/1

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It's no secret that England have struggled for goals lately.

In fact, no less than three of their last five matches to be played behind closed doors have produced just a single goal.

Ireland, meanwhile, have failed to score in their last four games and haven't conceded more than one since defeat to Switzerland in October 2019.

So we're backing England to win 1-0 at 11/2 with Ladbrokes.

Another bet we like is for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish to get on the scoresheet and continue his amazing form.

The midfielder has scored five goals in all competitions this season and looks good value at 5/1 to be first goalscorer.

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