Originally Posted by Scaly piscine
Pretty long odds for Republic of Ireland. They are always pretty tough to beat. If I were a gambling man I might be tempted to see what the odds of them qualifying from their group are as Spain and Italy are ****e in the group stages. Croatia are fairly crap.
I think the value will be on us getting a result against Spain. We don't have to shoehorn players with actual talent into the infamous anti-Spain strategy- we've been playing that way by default for years. Most of the skillset everyone notices (i.e. what players can do when their team has the ball) is just irrelevant against them anyway, and we invariably raise our game against big names.
The big-man-hoof attack is probably what they're most vulnerable to, too. Not to say Spain aren't massive favourites but it's about as good a strategical match-up as we could possibly have.