While England’s friendly against the Netherlands has been postponed for safety reasons, the game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin will go ahead on Wednesday night, with the Republic of Ireland getting a stern test against Croatia.
Ireland have had a solid start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, winning four, drawing one and losing one of their six matches which leaves them level on points with Slovakia and Russia with four games remaining.
You might expect Giovanni Trapattoni’s men to be slight favourites to claim victory in this game, although bet365 (£200 – free bets) offer 9/5 that they triumph and that could be a price worth taking considering that the boys in green have won their last four matches.
The most recent of these victories was a 2-0 win over Italy on neutral ground two months ago, with Keith Andrews opening the scoring and Betfred offer 25/1 that the Blackburn midfielder breaks the deadlock once again.
One player who will want to make a big impression is Shane Long, with the striker having just completed a move from Reading to West Brom and he is available at 7/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to get his side off to a bright start.
Even so, Croatia are a class act and the visitors are 7/4 with Victor Chandler to claim a win of their own, with Slaven Bilic’s team set to battle it out with Greece and Israel for a place in Euro 2012.