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Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips: Irish eye maiden win

| 07.09.2021

Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips and odds

Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualification hopes are virtually over following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan as they look to get their first win of Group A against Serbia.

Stephen Kenny’s side have just one point from four games at the halfway stage and are 5/2 to beat the Serbs, who top the group ahead of Portugal on goal difference.

You can read our Scotland and World Cup qualifying previews for Tuesday’s games but let’s look at the odds and markets in our Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips.

Match Odds

Shane Duffy got the Irish out of jail against Azerbaijan with an 87th-minute header but their first point of the campaign against a team ranked 112th in the world by FIFA was scant consolation.

Ireland lost 3-2 against Serbia on matchday one despite taking the lead and are 23/20 to lose once more against a team that crushed Luxembourg 4-1 on Saturday thanks to a first-half double from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Serbia are 19/5 to win and concede again, bearing in mind all four of their matches have involved goals at both ends, while another win from behind is available at 12/1.

The first half in Belgrade was 1-1 and an even opening 45 minutes can be backed at 10/11 while Draw HT/Serbia FT is 15/4.

In our #GetAPrice specials, Serbia to win or draw, Republic of Ireland to score 0.5 goals in the first half and under 3.5 goals in the match, which would have paid out in the hosts’ last three matches, is a shade under evens.

Serbia can be backed at 5/1 to win or draw, both teams to score in the second half and over 2.5 goals in the match which was the case in March.

Talking Tactics

Skipper Seamus Coleman has been ruled out with an injury sustained against Azerbaijan, so Fulham full-back Cyrus Christie has been drafted into the squad.

Dara O’Shea missed Saturday’s game through injury which meant Andrew Omobamidele played in a back three, with Matt Doherty deployed as a right-wing-back.

Shane Long also missed both qualifiers having tested positive for Covid and is unlikely to feature in a team that went with a 3-5-1-1 at the weekend, with Adam Idah leading the line and Troy Parrott just behind.

Serbia played in a 4-3-3 against Luxembourg and in the win against the Republic when Mitrovic scored twice off the bench.

Goalscorer Odds

Mitrovic is understandably the 3/1 favourite to score the game’s opener, 13/10 to find the net at any time or 13/2 to bag at least a double as he has done in three of Serbia’s four qualifiers.

Shane Duffy, Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips

Dusan Tadic is 11/2 and 12/5 in the first two markets while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is 17/2 and 7/2 in our Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting tips.

Ireland’s last two goals have come from defenders so we go 17/2 and 10/1 on either Shane Duffy or John Egan scoring, although they can be backed at 20/1 and 25/1 respectively to break the deadlock.

Match Info

Where: Aviva Stadium, Dublin

When: 19:45, Tuesday 7th September

How to watch: Sky Sports

View the latest World Cup qualification odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott