Moldova vs Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
This group has been an extremely tight one through three games, but Ireland will have the opportunity to move top of it with only Moldova in their way on Sunday. Below are our predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game: Moldova vs Ireland
Kick-off: Sunday 9th October, 7.45pm
Moldova have been beaten heavily by Wales (4-0) and Serbia (3-0) so far and remain set to be the whipping boys of this group. Despite being at home, this could still be a straight forward game for Ireland.
Ireland have a lot to improve on after their 1-0 win over Georgia but the all important fact is that Ireland won that game and put another three points on the table. They're level on four points with Serbia and Austria who face each other, and Wales who host Georgia.
Wales and Ireland should be comfortably sat on seven points after this round of games with only goal difference separating them. Games involving Austria/Wales/Ireland are likely to decide this group for me, but goal difference could always be a factor. Ireland will want to win well here in Moldova.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Republic of Ireland are 4/7 with 888Sport to win this game whilst the draw can be backed at best odds of 3/1 with Boylesports. The hosts Moldova can be backed at 13/2 with Sportingbet to spring a surprise here.
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides so there's no direct comparison like Ireland's dominance over Georgia, but just watching these two teams play is indication enough. Moldova's form does not improve at home but they do become more competitive.
They were beaten in all five of their home qualifiers during their European Championship campaign. Three of those losses were by a single goal and the other two finished 2-0. For a team that really are very poor at getting results, Moldova seem to know how to compete.
Republic of Ireland cannot afford to be as sloppy as they were in defence against Georgia or quite as wasteful with their chances. They were comfortable in the end but not before getting away with one a little bit. Moldova took draws from Russia and Liechenstein in the last campaign when those sides failed to put them away. BackIreland to win to nil at 13/10 as our free betting tip with Paddy Power.
They made hard work of Georgia and I think Ireland will have similar moments here, but as long they focus on being more organised at the back then Moldova shouldn't threaten them too often. Ireland are also short of striking options for this game.Back 1-0 as our correct score at 5/1with Paddy Power.
Ireland will finish and start the game with Shane Long and John Walters in attack with no options at all in waiting. Injury concerns were added to when Robbie Brady left the pitch in a bad way on Thursdayso
he should miss this game. Responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the strikers here. Back Shane Long to score at odds of 6/5 with Bet365.
Free Betting Tip
Win to Nil: Ireland - 13/10 with Paddy Power
Correct Score Prediction
1-0 - 5/1 with Paddy Power
Shane Long - 6/5 with Bet365