Beat the bookies with Aldo

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Aldo is being all patriotic with his bet this week
Aldo is being all patriotic with his bet this week

John Aldridge is backing Robbie Keane to be the hero-in-chief as the Republic of Ireland look to get their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on track against Poland on Sunday.

Defeat against Scotland in their last qualifier last November has left Martin O'Neill's Ireland in a perilous position in Group D as they take on current leaders Poland at the Aviva Stadium.

Yet Sunday World columnist and former Ireland striker Aldridge believes the time is right for Ireland to get a much needed victory.

"This is a massive match and I think Martin is the right man to set up right tactically and get the result," says Aldridge. 

"While a draw would not be a disastrous result, a win is what Ireland really need and I reckon we are good enough to get it against a decent Poland side who are the form team in the group.

"Poland beat Germany in this group and that was a bad result from our point of view, so we have to try and stop their momentum and we have to do it in front of our own crowd in Dublin.

"Hopefully the Aviva Stadium is rocking and it is like the old days when I was playing for Ireland at the old Lansdowne Road. We need to get the crowd behind the team again because it can make a massive difference."

Aldo has taken his weekly bet winning over the €3000 mark for this season, with all money at the end of the season going to Dublin's Temple Street Children's hospital.

Here is his latest bet in association with our friends at Paddy Power:

The Republic of Ireland to beat Poland on Sunday and Robbie Keane to score (potential winnings €350.00)