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Ireland vs Luxembourg Prediction & Match Preview



Ireland vs Luxembourg Prediction & Match Preview



27 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Republic of Ireland will be aiming to make amends for a 3-2 loss to Serbia when they host Luxembourg at their Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening. 

The Boys in Green did suffer the defeat in their opener, but their display in the Stadion Rajko Mitic clash was anything but poor. 

Stephen Kenny’s men are eager to put an end to their ten-game winless run, and it seems as if they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course.

Both Jeff Hendrick and Shane Long are pushing for a start. Luxembourg, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Qatar in a friendly, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. 

Sparta Rotterdam defender Goncalves Pinto is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s qualifier after suffering an injury in the defeat to Qatar.

Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Ireland Luxembourg played so far 0 matches.

Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg Prediction

Ireland in actual season average scored 0.71 goals per match. In 6 (46.15%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (23.08%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Luxembourg average scored 1.03 goals per match in season 2021. In 9 (64.29%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Darren Randolph's absence from the squad meant a third cap for Mark Travers against Serbia, and the youngster is likely to get the nod here despite a costly error in Belgrade.

Kenny favours a back five system, allowing him to shoehorn Seamus Coleman and Matt Doherty into the side, and that should remain the case against Luxembourg.

Shane Long made an impact from the bench against Serbia and is in line for a recall up top alongside Callum Robinson, who has one goal in 16 senior caps.

As for the visitors, Vahid Selimovic and Dirk Carlson are not part of the squad, so changes will have to be made following their last competitive match four months ago.

Gerson Rodrigues has Champions League experience with Dynamo Kiev and is expected to lead the line for Luxembourg.

Republic of Ireland possible starting lineup:
Travers; Coleman, Clark, O'Shea; Doherty, Hendrick, Cullen, Browne, Stevens; Long, Robinson

Luxembourg possible starting lineup:
Moris; Jans, Gerson, Mahmutovic, Pinto; O.Thill, Pereira, Martins; V.Thill; Muratovic, Rodrigues