Competition: World Cup qualifier
Market: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 4/6 @ 888sport
In a contest that could prove to be a cagey affair on Wednesday night, Ireland will face off against Serbia at The Stadion Rajko Mitić in midweek.
Starting with the hosts, while Serbia might have managed to pick up what was a much-needed thumping win when signing off their Nations League campaign last year, it doesn’t cover what has been a worrying rut over the past 18 months. Watching their chances of reaching this year’s European Championships go up in smoke after a dramatic penalties defeat against Scotland, new boss Dragan Stojković knows that he must help his squad find some stability. Only taking charge earlier in the month, Serbia also showed some worrying issues in the final third when opening up the New Year. Putting a pair of toothless displays, including shock back-to-back 0-0 stalemates against Panama and the Dominican Republic, a struggling Serbia could be in for another frustrating night in midweek.
As for the visitors, also watching their European Championship dreams come to an end thanks to a penalties defeat away at Slovakia back in October, Ireland are another side in the midst of an extended struggle. Last seen signing off their Nations League campaign with an uneventful 0-0 stalemate against Bulgaria, The Greens have struggled to find their feet under new boss Stephen Kenny. Suffering back-to-back defeats against British rivals England and Wales back in November, Ireland have failed to land a single win since a 3-1 victory against New Zealand 17 months ago. Along with gaining a reputation for their low-scoring affairs, Kenny’s new squad have also shown a host of issues in the final third. Now failing to bag a single strike in any of their last seven straight contests, we’re backing a dull opening qualifier in midweek.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Serbia vs Ireland 4/6 for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier @ 888sport