Republic of Ireland v Austria Preview & Tips
The Republic of Ireland enjoy an unbeaten start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, however will they keep this intact on Sunday evening?
June 9th, 2017
The Republic of Ireland are sitting in an extremely strong position alongside Group D leaders Serbia at the top of the table with both sides level on eleven points and the Serbians enjoying a goal-difference of just three, however Martin O’Neill’s men sit some four points ahead of fourth-placed Wales (who face Serbia) as things stand and they can steal a march on their rivals and move ever closer to next summer’s finals in Russia should they collect all three points in Dublin on Sunday evening.
Ireland suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Mexico in their recent international friendly but they bounced back in excellent fashion by beating Uruguay by the very same scoreline in their last outing and will be optimistic that they can make it two wins on the bounce by doing the double over Austria in this competition.
The visitors lost 1-0 to Ireland in their previous meeting and they head to Irish shores having been the subject of rifts within the camp, however they will aim to put such rifts firmly behind them as they desperately battle to reach their first World Cup for 20 years.
A solitary goal separated the sides in their last meeting and we’re not expecting a goal-filled game this time around. The home side should edge proceedings and we believe that they will run in as winners at the final whistle, however any victory will likely be settled by a solitary goal once again.