Moldova vs Ireland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

8th October 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

It is these unassuming games that can often make or break a World Cup qualification campaign. Ireland travel out to Moldova on the weekend looking to follow in the footsteps of Wales and Serbia by beating the minnows in Group D of World Cup 2018 qualification. This is an important game for Ireland because they haven’t been playing very convinging stuff and can’t afford to take their eye off the ball and fail to bank maximum points in this one. Ireland are on four points in their group, level with Austria, Wales and Serbia so everything to play for.

So Ireland have taken their four points from their two games without actually looking particularly good. They were lucky in their opening 2-2 draw with Serbia and then they really had to grind their way to a 1-0 home win over Georgia. So they haven’t played particularly well but this should be an opportunity for them to express themselves because Moldova are there for the beating and they are the minnows of the group. Wales and Serbia have both beaten Moldova so far in qualifying and Ireland need to follow suit.

Ireland’s last two wins have been with a clean sheet, but they are just two of three that they have earned over the last ten games. It hasn’t been great form from them over the last twelve months or so because they have only posted a W3 D3 L4 record in friendlies and competitive matches combined. Moldova really are no threat, so Ireland to win to nil in this one is trading at a price of 11/10. This will be the first ever clash between Ireland and Moldova and trading in the anytime goalscorer market, Ireland have Shane Long running at 6/5 and Jonathan Walters at 2/1 to net. There should be chances for them in this one, but perhaps it may not play itself out as a high scoring game, so look under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/6 and an Ireland 2-0 correct score may have some good appeal at 5/1.

So Moldova suffered a 4-0 loss against Wales and then a 3-0 loss against Serbia in their opening qualification matches for World Cup 2018. So you are looking at Ireland going up against a side who have shipped seven goals and failed to score, so that really only makes good reading for the men in green. Moldova too have posted W1 D1 L9 record in their last eleven played, and the only win that they put on the board in that sequence was a 1-0 win over Andorra in a friendly. They have also failed hit the back of the net in seven of their last eleven matches and in the games they did score in, it was only exactly one in each. Not stiff opposition that Ireland are facing then, but Martin O’Neill’s men have to be focused and finish this job out on the road.

Moldova vs Ireland Odds

Ireland 9/20, Draw 3/1, Moldova 7/1

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Moldova vs Ireland Betting Tips

The defence of Ireland isn’t likely to be broken in his one so you can have a look in the correct score market for some value on this game, which should produce an Ireland win. Wales put four past Moldova and Serbia three. Those are the only two occasions in their last 11 games that they have conceded more than two goals in a game, so look for an Ireland 2-0 correct score, because the Irish haven’t been playing particularly well.

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