Betting tips & odds comparison 11.11.2021 Ireland - Portugal
Betting Tip for matchday 9 of the 2021/2022 WC-Quali. Europe between Ireland and Portugal. The game will be played at Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland) on 11.11.2021 at 20:45.
Ireland’s hopes of making it to next year’s World Cup are long dead. However, for Portugal, every game remains important as they seek to dislodge Serbia from the top of A. Ireland will be playing for pride in front of their home crowd while Portugal will see this as a must-win fixture as they chase direct World Cup qualification as group winners.
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A poor start in the qualifiers with straight losses effectively killed Ireland’s chances of qualifying from this group. They have since drawn 2 and won 1, but this still leaves them 11 points behind the 2nd spot with only 2 games to go. Even Luxembourg is above them by a point in the group rankings, but at least they are not bottom, thanks to Azerbaijan.
After beating Azerbaijan 3-0 in their last group match, Ireland followed it up with a 4-0 win over Qatar in a friendly match. These results are likely to give them some motivation to go for another win, especially since the opponents are Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
A win for Portugal in this match will send them top of the group 2 points above current leaders Serbia, who are their opponents in the final group game. Fernando Santo’s men are in red-hot form with 5 straight wins in their last 5 matches across all competitions. They already beat Ireland 2-1 in the first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to score goals for both club and country. His role will be crucial here as they look to cement their place at the top of the group table. The team is full of other stars who can also win the game with their brilliance, including Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, and Diogo Jota.
- COACH: Stephen Kenny
- MISSING PLAYERS: None
- COACH: Fernando Santos
- MISSING PLAYERS: None
Ireland have proven to be weak during this qualifying campaign. Their recent wins have been rather inconsequential and came against small teams. They do not seem to have what it takes to get a good result here, plus there is little for them to play for.
In-form Portugal will be going for nothing short of a win and would want to make it an emphatic one. We expect them to take control of the game from early on and dominate in both halves.
Ireland performance of the last 7 home matches
Portugal performance of the last 3 away matches