Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips: Serbia on the brink of qualifying
Preview and odds for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier
Republic of Ireland face Serbia in desperate need of a win to keep their 2022 World Cup dreams alive so we have looked at the odds find some Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips.
Stephen Kenny’s side have taken just one point from their first four Group A qualifying games, while Serbia have won three of their four and top the table.
Tuesday’s match, which takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, kicks off at 7.45pm.
Republic of Ireland v Serbia match odds
Ireland’s qualifying campaign could not have got off to a worse start as defeats against Serbia and Luxembourg meant they needed to gain a positive result against Group A favourites Portugal last week.
Jon Egan gave them a surprise lead in Almancil but they were cruelly denied late on as goals in the 89th and 96th minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo condemned them to a 2-1 defeat.
Worse still, Ireland were then held to a 1-1 home draw by Azerbaijan on Saturday, and know that anything but victory over Serbia will effectively end their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Qatar next winter.
Ireland are 13/5 to avenge March’s 3-2 defeat in Belgrade but Serbia are nine points clear of Ireland after four games.
They defeated Luxembourg 4-1 on Saturday with two first-half goals from Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (pictured below), and two more late on via a Maxime Chanot own goal and another from Nikola Milenkovic.
With the return game against Luxembourg followed by a home game with Azerbaijan before their potential group decider at Portugal, avoiding defeat in Dublin would go a long way to seeing Serbia qualify.
Republic of Ireland v Serbia head-to-head
The teams have faced each other on six occasions since 2008 and Serbia remain unbeaten, winning three and drawing three. They are 2/7 to win or draw the game on the Double Chance market.
Ireland lost the last two meetings at home and three of the last four in total.
Serbia have scored two second-half goals in three of the last four meetings and it is 15/4 for them to draw at half-time but go on to win the game.
Both sides scored in four of their previous six meetings and it is 19/10 for that to be the case again.
Three of the last six meetings yielded three goals or more in total, and five of the last seven games involving Serbia similarly yielded three goals or more. It is 5/4 for over 2.5 goals to be scored in the game in Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips.
Republic of Ireland v Serbia key battles
Ireland’s draw with Azerbaijan means they have not won in 16 attempts, which is their worst ever run of competitive games without a victory.
Dragan Stojkovic’s side won’t take Ireland lightly and they do often seem to get more out of Mitrovic than his employers at Fulham do.
Mitrovic is good on his day and was recently awarded a five-year contract with the Championship side, yet the fact remains he has not had too many good days over the last year or so.
Keeping him quiet will be half the battle, although stopping the supply line on the left flank from Filip Kostic will be high on Kenny’s to-do list.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication