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Serbia vs Ireland Prediction & Match Preview

 

Serbia vs Ireland Prediction & Match Preview

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

Serbia and Republic of Ireland face each other at Stadion Rajko Mitic in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Wednesday’s program. 


The Serbs head into the match with new boss Dragan Stojkovic, who has left Luka Milivojevic and Aleksandar Kolarov out of the squad. 

Ajax star Dusan Tadic will be the man to watch in the home team, while Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Luka Jovic should lead the line for the Eagles.

Anyhow, home win should be considered as the Serbs are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful Euro 2021 qualifying campaign. 

The Boys in Green, on the other hand, failed to find the net in the previous seven games in all competitions, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Serbia’s party in Belgrade. 

Aaron Connolly has been included despite struggling with injury, while Gavin Bazunu has received his first call-up.

Serbia vs Republic of Ireland Head-to-head

Teams Serbia Ireland played so far 5 matches.
Serbia won 2 direct matches. Ireland won 0 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Serbia vs Republic of Ireland Prediction

Serbia in actual season average scored 1.58 goals per match. In 13 (76.47%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 11 (64.71%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Ireland average scored 0.67 goals per match in season 2021. In 7 (50.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (14.29%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

The Euro 2020 qualifying failure brought an end to the cycle in more ways than one for Serbia, with Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic among those to retire.

Stojkovic is looking to put his own spin on things and has left Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajic out of his first squad.

Serbia still boast plenty of talented players, though, not least up top, where Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Luka Jovic are expected to start.

As for Ireland, they have lost Caoimhin Kelleher, Kevin Long, Conor Hourihane and Callum O'Dowda to injury for their upcoming fixtures.

Long's absence should see Ciaran Clark partner Shane Duffy in the heart of defence.

Mark Travers, who has struggled for starts on loan at Swindon Town, is in line to feature in goal due to Darren Randolph not being involved in the squad.

Serbia possible starting lineup:
Rajkovic; Gudelj, Milenkovic, Mitrovic; Lazovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Kostic; Tadic; Jovic, Mitrovic

Republic of Ireland possible starting lineup:
Travers; Coleman, Duffy, Clark, O'Shea; Robinson, Brady, Knight, Hendrick, McClean; Long


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