Ireland were always destined to lose against Germany on Friday night, with the runaway Group C leaders claiming a facile 3-0 victory, although Mesut Ozil scored in injury-time and it was a respectable performance from the boys in green.
Noel King will be hoping for more than respectable on Tuesday night, with the crowd at the Aviva Stadium cheering on their team for the first time since Giovanni Trapattoni was sacked in September, with the caretaker boss hoping to enjoy a comfortable victory.
Coral offer a best price 1/3 about the Republic claiming the three points, with Seamus Coleman looking like a fantastic bet on the First Goalscorer market at 30/1. BetVictor might be regretting those odds if the Everton defender can bomb forward to join the attack.
Coleman was captain for the night in Cologne and is expected to wear the armband against the Kazakhs, with King saying on Friday: “We were out on our feet for the last minutes against Germany. But he was running up and down on the overlap, going flying past Glenn Whelan and that’s an inspiration.
“Captains inspire and it doesn’t have to be by shouting, it can be actions and Seamus is a good ‘Action Man’. Everybody who has watched Seamus Coleman knows that one of his strengths is going forward.
“He was given free licence against Germany when the opportunity was right. I rate him as a very good player. He has improved continuously at a rate of knots. If he continues to develop coming in the left then he could become one of the great full backs.”
Ireland won 2-1 in Astana over a year ago when the teams met in the first fixture of the qualifying campaign, with Robbie Keane likely to return to the side for this match after Anthony Stokes and Kevin Doyle led the line in Cologne.
The visitors are a 21/2 chance to claim a surprise win and their main problem has been scoring goals, finding the net just five times in their nine games played. Therefore, an Irish win to nil looks to be on the cards at 11/10 with Coral.
Coleman said: “We can take some positives and hopefully at home to Kazakhstan we can show how good we are on the ball and do to them what Germany did to us at times”.