December 30, 2021 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>At a low ebb and missing some big players, Al Hain-Cole expect the Boys in Green to ensure more disappointment when Stojkovic's men visit Dublin
Republic of Ireland will be hoping to pull off an upset when they welcome Serbia to the Aviva Stadium for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
The Boys in Green are second bottom of Group A with just a single point to their name, having been held to a 1-1 draw against last-placed Azerbaijan on Saturday.
Ireland vs Serbia latest odds
Without a win in 15 competitive matches since beating Gibraltar in June 2019, Ireland are 5/2 (3.50) outsiders with bet365 to raise the spirits with a shock victory over the group leaders.
Dragan Stojkovic’s men are ahead of Portugal on goal difference after claiming 10 points from the opening four group games, and Serbia are 23/20 (2.15) favourites to come out on top against a team they beat 3-2 in March’s reverse encounter.
Three of the hosts’ last four home games have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 11/5 (3.20) available on this one also finishing up all square.
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The game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football in the United Kingdom (UK). Sky Go will be streaming the game live online.
Ireland vs Serbia team news
Captain Seamus Coleman has withdrawn from the squad after suffering an ankle injury in the draw with Azerbaijan, with Cyrus Christie called up to replace him.
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With no injuries or suspensions to contend with, the visitors are likely to stick with the same line-up that eased to a 4-1 win over Luxembourg at the weekend.
Ireland vs Serbia preview
Having suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat against Luxembourg in their first group game on home soil, Stephen Kenny’s men needed a late Shane Duffy header to avoid the same fate against an Azerbaijan team ranked 112th in the world on Saturday.
Although their blushes were partially spared, any hopes of World Cup qualification appear realistically to have been dashed even with half of the group-stage campaign still to play.
At a low ebb and missing a number of key players due to injury and Covid-19, it is hard to see them competing with an Eagles team that has scored eight times over two matches within the last week.
Ireland vs Serbia predictions
In fact, those 23/20 (2.15) odds seem generous on an in-form Serbian outfit compounding the home crowd’s misery by coming out on top for their third meeting in a row with Ireland.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.