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Republic of Ireland v Switzerland: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Switzerland's Euros preparations continue with a visit to Dublin to take on a Republic of Ireland side who earned a goalless draw against Belgium at the weekend.

The Swiss also played out a 0-0 draw at the weekend and a glut of goals is highly unlikely when these two sides meet on Tuesday evening.

Republic of Ireland v Switzerland

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Republic of Ireland v Switzerland betting tips and predictions

Draw @ 9/4

John O’Shea’s first outing as Ireland boss ended in a fairly tame 0-0 draw against Belgium on Saturday afternoon and a couple of hours later Murat Yakin’s Switzerland were in Denmark for a friendly and that too ended goalless.

Two friendlies, no goals and not a lot of goalmouth action in either Dublin or Copenhagen which adds weight to the belief that the follow-up might not exactly be a riotous affair.

Both games at the weekend ended in draws - a second in a row for the Irish, a sixth in eight for the Swiss - so the stalemate at 9/4 is suggested on Tuesday evening.

It’s a tough baptism for O’Shea against two nations going to the European Championships and they certainly acquitted themselves well against Belgium, restricting an admittedly sub-strength Red Devils to just two efforts on target.

Ireland themselves had only one effort on target, a Evan Ferguson penalty, lucky to be given and well saved by Matz Sels.

O’Shea will doubtless make a tweak or two - the likes of Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady will come out of defence where the home team looked assured.

But it’s in attack where Ireland look light - take nine-goal Brady out of the mix and the next highest international scorer available to the caretaker boss is Luton’s Chiedozie Ogbene with four goals. Solving that problem overnight doesn’t look easy.

The Swiss had no problem finding the net during qualifying - 22 goals in 10 matches - though their last four games have produced a grand total of just five goals and their propensity to draw games cannot be overlooked.

They haven’t won any of their last four friendlies, including a 2-0 loss against Ghana and 1-1 draw with Kosovo.

Yakin played pretty much the strongest team available to him in the 0-0 draw at Denmark, where his side mustered just two shots on target.

He is missing Breel Embolo and will also make changes as he looks at squad members with his summer selection in mind.

Yakin’s first internationals as Swiss boss in September 2021 were back-to-back 0-0 draws - the second against Northern Ireland - and it’s 15/2 no goalscorer in Dublin.

Michael Aebischer to be booked @ 5/1

Denmark versus Switzerland might have been billed as a friendly but it didn’t stop referee Allard Linhout producing five yellow cards.

That Granit Xhaka, something of a walking yellow during a long, illustrious and feisty career, got one of those bookings would have surprised few people.

The 31-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder will probably start as Swiss skipper in Dublin, but is unlikely to play anywhere close to the full 90 as Yakin makes changes.

One player who is also pencilled in to start at the Aviva is Bologna’s Michael Aebischer, who is enjoying a fine season at the Renato dall’Ara for a side suddenly closing in on Champions League qualification.

Aebischer came off the bench against the Danes and looked solid and is the type of player who does find his way into notebooks.

In his final half season at Young Boys he amassed ten yellows which didn’t deter Bologna from taking him aboard and this season he has six cautions.

He looks a spot of value at 5/1 to be carded in Dublin.

Exact first-half goals - 0 @ 6/4

Clearly backing zero first-half goals on Saturday would have copped in both matches featuring these countries and is advised once again.

There hasn’t been a first-half goal scored in any of Switzerland’s last three internationals and the Republic were superbly well drilled defensively from the off against Belgium, understandable perhaps under a former defender in O’Shea.

Belgium didn’t have a shot on target during the first 45 minutes at the Aviva Stadium and Switzerland, minus Embolo and short of goals themselves, may struggle to break through.

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Republic of Ireland v Switzerland odds

Republic of Ireland - 11/5
Draw - 9/4
Switzerland - 6/5

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