The Republic of Ireland have been impressive defensively in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, but their lack of goals could cost them in Georgia
“But while they have been hard to break down, their lack of creativity up front has also been apparent. McCarthy’s side have found the net just six times, and their 1-0 win in Gibraltar in their opening game was a clear illustration of their weaknesses.”
Mick McCarthy's second stint as Republic of Ireland boss has been impressive so far, and after five games they are top of a tough Euro 2020 qualifying group with three wins and a brace of creditable draws against Denmark and Switzerland.
But while they have been hard to break down, their lack of creativity up front has also been apparent. McCarthy's side have found the net just six times, and their 1-0 win in Gibraltar in their opening game was a clear illustration of their weaknesses.
That game could prove to be the model for Saturday's encounter with a limited but defensively resolute Georgia, who have only scored four themselves so far, but did well to hold Denmark to a 0-0 draw in their last game. This is unlikely to be a thriller and a point apiece looks a good bet.
St Helens are strongly fancied to confirm their Super League superiority in Saturday's Grand Final, but they could be worth taking on at a short price.
Their opponents have gone from relegation candidates to unlikely contenders, and even when they finished third at the end of the regular season, few gave them a hope of getting to the showpiece occasion. But they have shown remarkable tenacity and togetherness throughout the play-offs and will have no fear on Saturday.
The same can't be said for St Helens, who have regularly fallen short in key games, including defeat in the play-off semi-finals two years ago, a brace of semi-final disappointments in 2018 and a loss in this year's Challenge Cup Final. At the current odds, all the value surely likes with Salford this weekend.
The Rugby World Cup may be at the mercy of typhoons, but for Union fans there is plenty of action elsewhere this weekend, including the Top 14.
Bayonne are newcomers to the top-flight, but they have made an impressive start, beating Racing 92 in Paris on the opening weekend, pushing Stade Francais and Clermont close and winning their last three, including a victory over Castres.
By contrast, Montpellier have only two wins so far and have lost all three on the road. With eight players on World Cup duty, compared to three for their opponents, they are significantly weakened, and in-form Bayonne can take full advantage on Saturday.
Total Odds for this multiple: 20/1. Remember, multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.
2019 Weekend Multiple P/L
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Returned: 70.34 pts
P/L: -11.66 pts
2018 P/L – 0.61 pts
2017 P/L: + 0.99 pts
2016 P/L: + 20.99 pts
2015 P/L: - 0.51 pts
2014 P/L: + 12.69 pts
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