Stadium: Aviva Stadium (Dublin).
The Irish have never failed to beat the Serbs in their 6-match losing streak. Will Stephen Kenny’s side be able to break their losing streak? We predict that the White Eagles will be closer to success!
The Irish team is having an awful time. They managed to qualify for Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, but they missed the continental championships in 2020, and now they will not qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fact is that the Irish are currently failing to qualify for the tournament. It all started with a 2-3 defeat to Serbia in a tight game, but then a 0-1 loss to Luxembourg. It was already clear that Stephen Kenny’s charges had no chance of success, and in September, they also lost to Portugal 1-2 and then shared the points with Azerbaijan 1-1. Consequently, the Irish are now just bottom of the table.
The Serbian national team is a classic example of a team full of star names, which is always insufficient for good results. Yes, they are sometimes selected for major international tournaments, but no more than that, and at Euro 2020, the White Eagles did not qualify. Now the Serbs are facing the task of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, and they have done surprisingly well so far. In the four games, they have picked up 10 of a possible 12 points, dropping only 2-2 against Portugal. In the last round, Dragan Stojkovic’s side thrashed Luxembourg 4-1, proving their fine form.
History of head-to-head encounters between Ireland and Serbia
Ireland and Serbia have played six head-to-head games in their history. The Serbs have scored three wins and three draws. The goal difference is also on the side of the White Eagles - 9:6. The last time the two sides met was in March 2021, and the Serbian players won 3-2.
Expert Betting Tips
The Serbian national team is a very uncomfortable opponent for Ireland. They have never managed to win in their 6-match history of a head-to-head encounter, settling for just three draws and three defeats. Dragan Stojkovic’s side is also favourites to win the clash, as they’ve done very well in qualifying for the World Cup in 2022, sitting in first place in the group, while the Irish have failed, picking up just one point in the opening four rounds. As a result, we are betting on the Serbian team to win with the odds of 2.12.
The Serbian national team is full of bright performers, especially the creators, so they are traditionally perfect in scoring. That can be seen in their qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, where they have already scored 11 goals in four games (2.75 goals per game on average). Ireland have problems in defence, as they have conceded seven goals in four games already (1.75 goals per game on average), including three from Dragan Stojkovic’s squad, so the best option for the prediction is Individual Total 2 Over 1.5 goals at odds close to 2.33.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is currently Serbia’s leading scorer heading into the 2022 World Cup, and he continues to be incredibly productive in games for the Serbian national team. The 26-year-old forward scored 38 goals in his last 41 games for his national team, which is a fantastic haul in itself, and he has scored seven goals in four games of qualification for Qatar. The Fulham player is in superb form, so a bet on Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal is worth considering at around 2.30.