Republic of Ireland v USA: Why Altidore is the only option

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With the likes of Roberto Martinez at Everton no doubt breathing down their necks, the Republic of Ireland look likely to ring the changes for this friendly encounter in Dublin.

And with Team USA likely to be going hell for leather as they usually do in these meaningless encounters the odds of 13/10 on a win for the Green Army are probably best avoided.

In fact, you should probably dodge the 21/20 offered on a draw at Ladbrokes as well as the 2/1 available on a USA win, with the following three tips the best on offer in a busy night of international football action.

Jozy Altidore to score any time at 27/10

Now before you repeatedly start clicking the cross in the top-right hand corner of your screen, because perennial Premier League flop Jozy Altidore actually has something approaching form when it comes to his recent outings for Team USA.

The 25-year-old has scored the opener in the USMNT’s last two outings and while you can get 6/1 on him netting first here we think it could be safer to back the Sunderland outcast to score at anytime with the Black Cats forward on penalty duty for the visitors too.

Both teams to score @ 21/20

Team USA have certainly made a go of things under Jurgen Klinsmann of late, but the added attacking gusto they have displayed in recent times has come at a price – with the USNMT notably frail in the defensive third.

All told, eight of their last ten games have seen both teams find the net and with Ireland shipping goals in three of the four Euro 2016 qualifiers they have played thus far, backing both sides to find the net looks like one to file under the category of “banker”.

Over 2.5 goals to be scored @ 11/8

If the US are to pull off a shock and win here then it could well come by a scoreline of 2-1 with three of their previous four victories coming by that precise scoreline. Odds of 10/1 on such an outcome may therefore tempt, but we think it’s far smarter to back a minimum of three goals.

Having held Germany to a draw recently, Ireland have shown they are no slouches and with six of their last seven victories featuring over three goals we are confident in one thing above all else when these two meet: goals.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.