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Rupert Wyman 10th Nov 2011 - 11:10

The Trapattoni factor can end the Republic's pain

The Republic of Ireland have a massive chance of reaching Euro 2012 against the minnows Estonia. They will have to be stronger over the two legs to fulfil their ambition of playing in Europe's finest competition.

They are 5/4 to to win in Tallinn, the draw is 21/10 and the home victory is 12/5. The Irish players should be really motivated for the clash, it is nearly twenty-five years since they last played in the competition and the Trapattoni factor can end the Republic's play-off pain.

The Republic are also still bitter about their unjust exit against France in the play-offs for the World Cup two years ago, after Henry's handball went unpunished.

Ireland know that they do not need to win in Estonia, the key is to keep a clean sheet (11/10) and beat them on home turf.

The Irish have only conceded one goal in an astonishing 861 minutes of international football and it was a consolation goal for Armenia.

For some of the Irish player that play for lower Premier League clubs or average Championship sides, this could be the biggest game of their careers.

The 5/4 seems a good price, Ireland have won both their previous matches against Estonia and they have never qualified for a Major Championships.  Ireland are in a cracking run of form and they are now unbeaten in nine games in all competitions.

Robbie Keane will be the most talented player on show and he may be playing in the MLS in America but he is still dangerous at this level. The Tallaght man has delivered three of the six goals that Irish teams have scored in play-off matches.

The Match Winner is for him to score anytime and the Republic of Ireland to win the match at 5/2. He is 9/2 to score first, Walters will play alongside him and offer strength and hold-up play that will help his partner thrive.

He is the captain and he is at a stage of his career, where he knows it is his last chance saloon on the international front. After 2012, he will never play in another European Championships again. If he is on form, Estonia will not be able to cope with his skill and movement.

The Irish player that Estonia have pinpointed as their main threat in the press is the Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady. He was one of the most impressive players in qualification, scoring twice, and he is 9/1 to score first in the match.

Estonia's main man is the Middlesbrough midfielder Tarmo Kink, he loves shooting on sight and with Ireland keen to restrict their chances, he could have plenty of shots from distance.  He is 8/1 to grab the first goal and 11/4 to score anytime.



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