Republic of Ireland vs Portugal: Hosts can be positive
Republic of Ireland vs Portugal: Hosts can be positive

Republic of Ireland vs Portugal: Hosts can be positive

Kick-off: 1945, 11/11/2021

Stadium: Aviva Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Republic of Ireland can’t qualify for the World Cup and are expected to struggle against Portugal, who are chasing top spot in Group A.

However, the visitors may have one eye on Sunday’s crucial clash with Serbia, which will ultimately decide who qualifies automatically from this pool.

We like 93/100 for the men in green to at least get on the scoresheet for our first Ireland vs Portugal prediction.

A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds

Ireland will be disappointed with a haul of just five points from six games, the low point being a 1-0 home loss to Luxembourg.

However, the feeling is they haven’t received a fair reward for some spirited efforts in the other fixtures.

They went down 3-2 to Serbia in Belgrade and held the same team to a 1-1 draw at Aviva Stadium.

Stephen Kenny’s side led for a long time when visiting Portugal a couple of months ago, until Cristiano Ronaldo’s late brace turned things around.

Their most recent result in this group was a fine 3-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Baku, where Callum Robinson hit a double.

That was followed up by a 4-0 friendly drubbing of Qatar, with West Brom forward Robinson bagging a hat-trick.

The hosts can play with freedom here, so Ireland vs Portugal odds.

A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds

Of course, Portugal do have a star-studded squad and have only dropped two points in six qualifiers so far.

The Navigators got off to a shaky start, needing an own goal to defeat Azerbaijan 1-0 before letting slip a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw with Serbia.

They had to come from behind to win 3-1 away to Luxembourg and failed to get past the round of 16 at Euro 2020 when beaten by Belgium.

Ronaldo’s late heroics were required to edge out Ireland, although a 3-0 win in Azerbaijan was more like it.

Last month’s 5-0 thrashing of Luxembourg featured a Ronaldo treble, so we are obviously aware of this team’s quality.

Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix, Andre Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo are players who any manager would love to have.

Let’s finish off our Ireland vs Portugal betting tips by taking 23/10 for an away win and both teams to score.

Additional stats

Last result:

IRELAND 4-0 Qatar – Robinson (3), Duffy

PORTUGAL 5-0 Luxembourg – Ronaldo (3), Fernandes, Paulinha

Head-to-head: Portugal 2-1 Ireland, Portugal 5-1 Ireland, Ireland 1-0 Portugal

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