Republic of Ireland vs Andorra – Goals expected at Aviva Stadium

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Anything less than three points will be a disaster for the Republic of Ireland as they prepare to host Andorra in their second Group B fixture during qualifying for Euro 2012.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s men are 11/4 to top the group after opening up with a hard-fought 1-0 win in Armenia and should encounter an easier ride against one of Europe’s biggest minnows.

Despite playing close to 100 games, Andorra have only ever won on three occasions and none of these have come on their travels.

Meanwhile, they have only won once in a qualifying fixture for a major tournament, when upsetting Macedonia in the group stages ahead of the 2004 World Cup.

The Republic of Ireland have won both previous meetings between the two countries, scoring three times on each occasion during qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

They are 1/40 to make it three straight victories, with the visitors 50/1 to cause a shock and 14/1 to leave with a draw.

Andorra can take heart from the fact that they led momentarily in their only previous visit to Ireland and have proven in the past that they have the capability of defending in numbers and frustrating teams.

Ireland are 5/1 to win 3-0 and it is 14/1 for a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline that materialised nine years ago.

Keith Fahey stepped off the bench for Ireland to grab the only goal in the Armenia victory and he is 7/4 to score at any time against Armenia.

If an Ireland player breaks the deadlock then it will be the first home player to find the target at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with Kevin Doyle valued at 7/2 to go down in history and achieve this feat.

Many will expect Ireland to run rampant, with Robbie Keane 8/1 to score a hat-trick. See the entire Republic of Ireland vs Andorra match betting market.

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