Germans keen to beat Finnish as Keane to finish by beating Oman
It’s only a matter of weeks since Eder’s extra-time winner sealed Euro 2016 for Portugal, but international football is back tonight as teams start to gear up for World Cup 2018.
While for many attention tonight will be the closing of the European transfer window, there’s also a few fixtures that you can bet on with Sportsbet.io.
While the first game after a tournament is usually a fresh start, with new players, managers, and renewed hope of glory, in Dublin tonight Republic of Ireland fans will say goodbye to a legend.
Robbie Keane made his international debut in 1998, at the age of just 17. 18 years, 145 caps and 67 goals later, he lines up in the green shirt for the final time tonight, as Ireland host Oman.
Keane’s international record isn’t just legendary for Irish football — it also puts him at 15th of all time — ahead of the likes of Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry. A 68th goal tonight would draw him level with Gerd Muller — showing just the lofty heights in which Keane’s career has taken him to.
With so much focus on Keane, the 1.7 with Sportsbet.io for him to score anytime looks a great bet. He’ll surely be on penalty duty, and his Irish teammates will be doing all they can to ensure he marks his final match with a bang. He’s also managed 7 goals in 13 games for LA Galaxy, showing his ability to find the net hasn’t diminished with age.
Another international legend who will bow out from national team duties this evening is Bastian Schweinsteiger, who will make his 121st and final appearance for Germany against Finland.
The German skipper, who played in seven major tournaments, including winning the 2014 World Cup, will lead a youthful but talented side in Monchengladbach.
Three members of Germany’s Under 23 Olympic silver-medal winning team will start, and with places up for grabs with 2018 in mind, expect an exciting performance against a Finland team ranked down in 61st in the world.
Like Keane, I think Schweinsteiger can mark the occasion with a sign-off goal — which is available at 2.7 with Sportsbet.io.
In fact, I suggest the double of both departing heroes to get on the scoresheet, which can be combined at 4.42.