World Cup Qualifier Preview: Ireland v Serbia
September 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Despite drawing 1-1 against Georgia, Ireland still find themselves in with a chance of winning the group, however a play-off place does seem a lot more likely. Currently in second place, two points behind group leaders Serbia and two ahead of the group’s top seed, Wales, the Boys in Green have just three games left to secure their place in Russia next summer. Can Ireland do it? Well, here’s how we think Ireland’s tell-all game against Serbia will play out.

Georgia v Ireland

The less said about this game, the better to be honest. I mean, Ireland were on the back foot as soon as Shane Duffy’s header bulged the net and, for the remainder of the game, played as though they were the team ranked 119 in the FIFA rankings. The lads on the RTÉ panel weren’t shy about what they thought of Ireland’s performance either and even James McClean gave a brutally honest assessment of his team’s woeful display.

Anyway, to sum it up, the Boys in Green return from Tbilisi with it all to do on Tuesday night, against a Serbian team that sit at the top of Group D and will be reluctant to let their position slip.

Ireland v Serbia

In all likelihood, Ireland vs. Serbia will be the match that decides whether the Irish football team will be on a plane heading to Russia, come next June. After Ireland’s draw against Georgia, the mood amongst Ireland fans has shifted from optimism to that of pessimism.

serbia-v-republic-of-ireland

The reverse fixture, last September, was a captivating one, with Ireland relinquishing their early lead and eventually getting out of Belgrade with a hard-fought 2-2 draw. This time around, Ireland can’t afford any slip ups, especially now that Serbia find themselves atop of Group D. As well as this, Serbia boast a long list of game changing players, like Man United’s Nemanja Matić, and Southampton’s Dušan Tadić, not forgetting ex-Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanović. Roy’s Boys can expect a physical match up, on Tuesday, as Serbia will try to dominate the match using brute power.

If Ireland are going to come out on top on Tuesday night, they are probably going to have to rely on a moment of magic from the likes of Wes Hoolahan and James McClean. Serbia have not looked overly impressive so far in Group D and are definitely there for the taking.

The Fan Factor

A notorious Irish sportsman once said – “when one of us goes to war, we all go to war” and this is exactly the mentality that the Irish supporters will need to bring with them to the Aviva on Tuesday if we’re to have any success against the Serbians. If Ireland pull off the victory, a play-off place is pretty much secured for Martin O’Neill’s men, and who knows, we may top the group yet. Of course this is all wishful thinking as the Irish football team know how to frustrate and elate their fans in equal measure.

serbia-v-republic-of-ireland-2

Match Prediction

What do we think will happen? Well, of course we think Ireland will get the victory; there’s just too much at stake for Ireland not to step their game up against the Serbs. Despite everyone’s criticism of Martin O’Neill’s managerial prowess (especially after the Georgia game), World Cup qualification is still within touching distance. With warriors like James McClean and Jon Walters in the dressing room, as well as a packed Aviva stadium, to spur the rest of the team on – you’ll never beat the Irish!

How do you think Ireland will get on against Serbia? Let us know in the comments below.

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World Cup Qualifier Preview: Ireland v Serbia
September 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Despite drawing 1-1 against Georgia, Ireland still find themselves in with a chance of winning the group, however a play-off place does seem a lot more likely. Currently in second place, two points behind group leaders Serbia and two ahead of the group’s top seed, Wales, the Boys in Green have just three games left to secure their place in Russia next summer. Can Ireland do it? Well, here’s how we think Ireland’s tell-all game against Serbia will play out.

Georgia v Ireland

The less said about this game, the better to be honest. I mean, Ireland were on the back foot as soon as Shane Duffy’s header bulged the net and, for the remainder of the game, played as though they were the team ranked 119 in the FIFA rankings. The lads on the RTÉ panel weren’t shy about what they thought of Ireland’s performance either and even James McClean gave a brutally honest assessment of his team’s woeful display.

Anyway, to sum it up, the Boys in Green return from Tbilisi with it all to do on Tuesday night, against a Serbian team that sit at the top of Group D and will be reluctant to let their position slip.

Ireland v Serbia

In all likelihood, Ireland vs. Serbia will be the match that decides whether the Irish football team will be on a plane heading to Russia, come next June. After Ireland’s draw against Georgia, the mood amongst Ireland fans has shifted from optimism to that of pessimism.

serbia-v-republic-of-ireland

The reverse fixture, last September, was a captivating one, with Ireland relinquishing their early lead and eventually getting out of Belgrade with a hard-fought 2-2 draw. This time around, Ireland can’t afford any slip ups, especially now that Serbia find themselves atop of Group D. As well as this, Serbia boast a long list of game changing players, like Man United’s Nemanja Matić, and Southampton’s Dušan Tadić, not forgetting ex-Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanović. Roy’s Boys can expect a physical match up, on Tuesday, as Serbia will try to dominate the match using brute power.

If Ireland are going to come out on top on Tuesday night, they are probably going to have to rely on a moment of magic from the likes of Wes Hoolahan and James McClean. Serbia have not looked overly impressive so far in Group D and are definitely there for the taking.

The Fan Factor

A notorious Irish sportsman once said – “when one of us goes to war, we all go to war” and this is exactly the mentality that the Irish supporters will need to bring with them to the Aviva on Tuesday if we’re to have any success against the Serbians. If Ireland pull off the victory, a play-off place is pretty much secured for Martin O’Neill’s men, and who knows, we may top the group yet. Of course this is all wishful thinking as the Irish football team know how to frustrate and elate their fans in equal measure.

serbia-v-republic-of-ireland-2

Match Prediction

What do we think will happen? Well, of course we think Ireland will get the victory; there’s just too much at stake for Ireland not to step their game up against the Serbs. Despite everyone’s criticism of Martin O’Neill’s managerial prowess (especially after the Georgia game), World Cup qualification is still within touching distance. With warriors like James McClean and Jon Walters in the dressing room, as well as a packed Aviva stadium, to spur the rest of the team on – you’ll never beat the Irish!

How do you think Ireland will get on against Serbia? Let us know in the comments below.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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