With Robbie Keane rested ahead of some major games for LA Galaxy in the MLS, the goalscoring mantle against Team USA looks likely to fall on Shane Long and we, for one, cannot wait.
The 27-year-old was unlucky not to get among the scorers for the Green Army when they met Scotland last time out but we fully expect the Southampton striker to rectify that mistake here and Ladbrokes is giving you the chance to take advantage when he does.
That’s because Long is the latest hot shot to get the price boost treatment from the bookmaker, with the former Reading, West Brom and Hull hit man moving from 6/1 to a tempting 7/1 to score first.
The Saints new boy is in great form heading into this encounter, having scored three in his last four competitive outings for club and country.
He most recently found the net against Leicester City in the Premier League, scoring the first of two in a 2-0 win over the Foxes.
And with Team USA boasting a particularly porous defence, we fancy the 27-year-old to get back in among the goals again.
The USMNT have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 international outings and could struggle to contain an Ireland side that has scored in six of their last seven games – including a 1-1 draw with World Cup holders Germany.
Long, meanwhile, boasts solid record at international level, having scored 11 times in 50 outings for the Green Army and if he is serious about one day replacing Robbie Keane as the country’s goalscorer-in-chief he could do with starting here.
With both sides likely to ring the changes this is your chance to take advantage of a red hot price boost on a striker in red hot form in front of goal.
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