Austria v Republic of Ireland tips: Defeat for the Irish on Saturday
Ireland's steady progress in Group D will be dealt a blow on Saturday evening
November 11th, 2016
The Republic of Ireland have been making steady progress in their World Cup 2018 qualifying group, however things will take a turn for the worse in Austria this weekend.
Martin O’Neill’s men have enjoyed an excellent year with the side making it into the knockout stage of the European Championships, beating Italy in the group phase and opening the scoring against hosts France, only to ultimately lose 2-1 at the last-sixteen stage of the tournament.
They followed this up with a routine 4-0 hammering of Oman and have so far clinched seven points from their opening three World Cup qualifiers in what is a pretty competitive group.
Despite sitting second in the table, O’Neill will be anxious to avoid complacency and with tricky encounters with Wales and Iceland on the horizon next year, a win is a must against an Austria side which haven’t been beaten at home since 2012.
The Austrians made little impression at this summer’s European Championships but they nevertheless qualified in excellent fashion with 28 points from their ten matches. They made a similarly solid start to their World Cup qualifiers with four points from their opening two matches but won’t be in the best of spirits following defeat to Serbia in their last outing.
The hosts are favourites to grab a maximum points haul on Saturday with most bookies hovering around the Evens mark, hardly surprising given that the Republic of Ireland haven’t been at their best on the road recently. Austria managed four points from their two meetings with Ireland in the qualifiers for World Cup 2014 and we’ll be backing the hosts to take another three in this clash.
We expect this to be a tough and evenly-fought exchange and should you have reservations about a home victory you should instead back few goals with Under 2.5 a solid if pretty unspectacular 4/6 with Boylesports. The Irish will be defensive and will look to snatch a goal on the break, while Austria will be eager to avoid another defeat and won’t be taking unnecessary risks. As such, don’t expect a goalfest on Saturday evening.