Ireland vs Serbia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

4th September 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

The Irish are in a tough position going into Tuesday night’s game. After a draw with Georgia on the weekend, they are now trailing group leaders Serbia by two points. So while there is a big three points on offer in terms of the Irish getting to the top of the table and putting themselves in the driving seat in the group, it would be a big three points to try and keep off the attentions of Wales who put themselves into the mix for a top two finish after beating Austria on the weekend. It’s getting tight at the top and this isn’t a home game that the Irish can afford to suffer a loss in.

Ireland vs Serbia Odds

Serbia 6/4, Ireland 19/10, Draw 21/10

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Ireland vs Serbia Betting Tips

The Irish have not slipped to a defeat in their World Cup qualification group, but after a shocking performance in a 1-1 draw in Georgia on the weekend, their nerves will be on edge as they face a huge game now against Serbia back in Dublin. The Irish took the lead against Georgia but then decided to sit back and do nothing in the game and it nearly cost them as they were second best for most of the match and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. There wasn’t much positivity or creativity coming from them. Still, if they pick up three points in this one then they will go to the top of the group at the expense of Serbia and be in control. Anything less and then they will be feeling the new pressure coming in from Wales in the race for a top two spot as well as heaving to deal with Serbia.

Ireland needs a huge performance now in this one so that they can sleep a little easier because they were poor in Georgia. Serbia will have a lot more to threaten the Irish with if the home side gives up the amount of possession that they did against Georgia. Ireland took just 26% possession in that game on the weekend. The Irish have Shane Long and Daryl Murphy are 9/4 joint favourites in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. Both teams not to score in this one with bet365 comes at a price of 3/4 and you would expect this top two battle in the group to be a tight old affair. The 0-0 draw is a pretty short 6/1 price just to highlight that. So Ireland are two points adrift of leaders Serbia kicking off in this one with Wales two points behind them. Narrow margins.

So it is a big game for Serbia as well because they would open up a nice cushion at the top of the group with only a couple of games to play. Serbia aren’t defensively all that tight really, but they are a pretty handy side when they get on the front foot and that will be a worry for Ireland who looks a little lightweight up front. Away from home in the group so far, Serbia have taken wins over Georgia and Moldova, scoring three goals in both of those victories, while they were held to a 1-1 draw in Wales. Aleksandar Mitrovic is the group’s top goalscorer with six goals and he is a price of 15/8 in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. Only four times before have these two nations met and Serbia have a W1 D3 advantage and the only win in that sequence between them happened in Ireland, with Serbia taking a 2-1 victory in a 2014 International Friendly. Ireland will have their hands full here and under 2.5 goals is a price of 8/15.

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