Kick-off: 1945, 01/09/2021
Stadium: Estadio Algarve
TV: Sky Sports
Republic of Ireland have it all to do to qualify from their World Cup group after starting out with two defeats and now face a daunting trip to Portugal.
The hosts picked up seven points from three games back in March and are coming off a solid showing at Euro 2020.
We like 4/5 for a home win and under 3.5 goals in the game for our first Portugal vs Republic of Ireland prediction.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal are top of Group A after beating Azerbaijan 1-0 and Luxembourg 3-1 either side of a 2-2 draw away to second-placed Serbia.
The Navigators then kicked off the defence of their European Championships title with a 3-0 triumph over Hungary in Budapest.
A 4-2 loss to Germany followed but drawing 2-2 with France was enough to send them into the knockout rounds.
However, Belgium proved just too strong at the last-16 stage, with Thorgan Hazard scoring the only goal of the game.
Fernando Santos will seek to regroup and an experienced squad should be able to ease through this pool.
Cristiano Ronaldo can chat to Bruno Fernandes about his impending return to Manchester United while Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has started the club season well.
Manchester City stars Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva are joined by Wolves trio Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves in a powerful squad.
Looking at the Portugal vs Republic of Ireland odds, we reckon 9/2 for a 2-0 home victory is fair value.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland earned plenty of praise for a gutsy performance when beginning Group A with a 3-2 loss to Serbia in Belgrade.
However, there was no dressing up the disappointment of a 1-0 defeat by Luxembourg in Dublin.
Stephen Kenny can call on some top-level defenders, such as Everton’s Seamus Coleman, Matt Doherty of Tottenham and Shane Duffy, who looks back on song since returning to Brighton.
However, the Republic are sadly lacking in quality up front these days, with Shane Long down the Southampton pecking order and James McClean in League One with Wigan.
Midfielder Jayson Molumby, who has joined West Brom on a season-long loan from Brighton, is hoping for an upset.
He said: “Listen, football is a crazy game. I’ve probably realised that myself over the past year, it really is a crazy game and anything can happen in football.
“We’re really determined to go out and put on good performances in the next games. We believe we are good enough to be on this international level and to get wins for Ireland.”
The past year has brought just a single victory in 13 outings, though, and that in a friendly against minnows Andorra!
Let’s finish off our Portugal vs Republic of Ireland betting tips by taking 11/5 for the men in green to be 1-0 down at half-time.
Belgium 1-0 PORTUGAL
Hungary 0-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Head-to-head: Ireland 1-5 Portugal, Ireland 1-0 Portugal, Ireland 1-1 Portugal, Ireland 1-1 Portugal
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