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Having reached the halfway stage of Group A in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Ireland are in a precarious spot - remaining winless in their four matches.
After gaining their first point of the campaign at the weekend, they sit nine points behind Tuesday’s opponents Serbia, who sit in the top spot following an impressive start.
On the face of it, Stephen Kenny’s men will be more than aware that they will need to push for all three points to have any chances of reaching Qatar next year.
M A T C H D A Y 💪— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) September 7, 2021
⚽️ Republic of Ireland v Serbia
🏆 FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier
⌚️ KO 7.45pm
📺 @RTEsoccer & @SkyFootball
Nothing like a huge match under the lights 😍#COYBIG | #WeAreOne | #IRLSRB pic.twitter.com/bgGTC2itrj
Ahead of the game, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of the best bets from the Republic of Ireland vs Serbia to get your teeth stuck into.
Republic of Ireland are 3/1 to win, with Serbia priced at 1/1 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 11/5.
Prediction: 1-3 (18/1)
Match Result and Both Teams To Score: Serbia and Yes (5/1)
Ireland’s faltering campaign continues with a home tie against leaders Serbia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and we fear they might have a tough evening ahead of them.
When these two sides met in March for qualifying, both teams scored and Serbia won the fixture, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring a brace in a thrilling 3-2 triumph.
First Goalscorer: Aleksandar Mitrovic (14/5)
Having scored in all four of Serbia’s qualifiers to date, Mitrovic’s seven goals make him the top goalscorer in the qualifying stages thus far.
Under/Over Goals: Over 2.5 Goals (11/8)
To say the very least, Serbia’s games during the World Cup qualifiers so far have been thrillers, with their four games producing a staggering 17 goals.
Delving into that statistic alone, we’re backing tonight’s fixture to be an open affair, especially with Ireland’s must-win attitude heading into it.
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.
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Ireland will be without the services of Seamus Coleman for this match through injury, meaning that there could be a start in the defensive back three for Andrew Omobamidele.
Adam Idah is expected to lead the line again for the home side, while Conor Hourihane will be pushing for a start in the middle of the park.
Mitrovic made it seven goals in his last four appearances for the national team when he scored twice against Luxembourg and he is likely to lead the attacking line again tonight.
Other than that, head coach Dragan Stojkovic does not have any injury concerns at this stage, and it would not be a surprise to see the same starting line-up from Saturday’s 4-1 success.