Ireland vs Serbia Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Republic of Ireland vs Serbia betting prediction for Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifying game at the “Aviva Stadium” in Dublin. Ireland hopes to replace Serbia on top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group with a first competitive win for 2018. Find out more about the qualifier and read more free World Cup predictions, and betting tips.
H2H History: Ireland vs Serbia
The Boys In Green are still looking for their first win against Serbia. Three of the four previous meetings between these sides were friendlies, plus previous World Cup qualifier in Belgrade – a 2:2 draw on 5 September 2016. Three games have ended all square, with an only win for Serbia – 1:2 in Dublin, making a full comeback on 5 March 2014.
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Ireland vs Serbia 05.09.2017
Serbia, the Republic of Ireland and Wales are all sides who are unbeaten in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. After seven rounds we have Serbia on top of the group with 15 points, followed by Ireland (13) and the Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales (11).
Republic of Ireland’s unbeaten run has been extended on Saturday, but they will definitely view that draw (1:1) away to Georgia as a negative score. It leaves them in need of some better results if they really want to earn visas for Russia next summer. Martin O’Neill’s men took the lead early in the game but couldn’t keep the scoreline for longer than 30 minutes. Unfortunately, that was the third consecutive draw for Ireland (in a qualifying match), preceded by two at home turf – 0:0 vs Wales, 1:1 vs Austria, earlier this year.
In the meantime Serbia took advantage from the Irish slip and Slavoljub Muslin’s men won 3:0 over Moldova in Belgrade. Now “The Eagles” fly to Dublin where they found themselves in a better position, since even a draw would do the work and keep them on top of the group.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Jon Walters is set to captain the Irish squad again after starting against Georgia, with Southampton’s Shane Long providing the main striking threat in the number nine shirt. However, this time Ireland may switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Walters as a secondary striker, while Robbie Brady and James McClean will play a crucial role pushing from both wings.
Martin O’Neill has some injury concerns as he can’t pick Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Eunan O’Kane, while Aiden McGeady, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan, and David McGoldrick are all doubts.
Serbia arrived in the Republic of Ireland with full squad and we don’t have any doubts about Slavoljub Muslin’s approach here. Experienced Serbian coach will stick to the 3-4-3 formation with three central defenders, led by captain Branislav Ivanovic.
Serbian attack also looks pretty dangerous where Filip Kostic and Dusan Tadic will start behind Newcastle’s forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who hints to be in-form after scoring six goals in his last six national team appearances.
Ireland vs Serbia Prediction and Betting Tips
Another pretty unpredictable matchup in one of the most balanced streams in Europe’s World Cup qualifiers. Ireland should be inspired by the home crowd and typically boosting atmosphere but this often plays a bad joke, so the Serbian squad will thus hope to put the home side under pressure. We believe both teams have what it takes and can score once again, like in Belgrade, so our betting tip goes for “Both teams to score: Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Ireland and Serbia
Venue: “Aviva Stadium”, Dublin.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakιr from Turkey.
Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph – Stephen Ward, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Cyrus Christie – Glenn Whelan, Harry Arter – James McClean, Jonathan Walters, Robbie Brady – Shane Long. (4-2-3-1)
Serbia: Vladimir Stojkovic – Matija Nastasic, Nikola Maksimovic, Branislav Ivanovic – Aleksandar Kolarov, Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Mijat Gacinovic – Dusan Tadic, Filip Kostic, Aleksandar Mitrovic. (3-4-3)