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Portugal v Republic of Ireland betting tips: Kenny’s side facing must-win clash

| 31.08.2021
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Preview and odds for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier

Republic of Ireland continue their World Cup qualifying campaign needing to win after two defeats so we have looked at the odds to find some Portugal v Republic of Ireland betting tips.

Stephen Kenny’s side lost their opening Group A games to Serbia and Luxembourg while Portugal are unbeaten in three matches and top the standings.

Wednesday’s match, which takes place at the Estadio Algarve, Almancil, kicks off at 7.45pm BST.

Portugal v Republic of Ireland match odds

Portugal, who bowed out of Euro 2020 in the round of 16 at the hands of Belgium, are 1/4 favourites to win the clash.

Fernando Santos’ side recorded a win over Hungary before losing to Germany and drawing with France to reach the knockout phase but fell to Thorgan Hazard’s strike as Belgium won 1-0.

It was rough justice for Portugal, who managed 23 shots in the game but were beaten by Belgium’s only effort on target.

They top World Cup qualifying Group A after beating Azerbaijan (1-0) at home, drawing with Serbia (2-2) away and then defeating Luxembourg (3-1) on the road.

Santos has named a very strong squad, including the likes of Manchester City’s Ruben Dias, Manchester United pair Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo and Jota of Liverpool.

Portugal have lost only one of their last 38 home matches in World Cup qualifying (W30 D7), a 3-2 defeat against Denmark in Lisbon in September 2008.

Ireland have started their World Cup qualifying campaign badly. They had an honourable 3-2 defeat to Serbia in Belgrade in March but were awful in their 1-0 home loss to Luxembourg.

No nation has ever qualified for the finals after losing their opening two group matches in qualifying.

They have subsequently played three friendlies, drawing with Qatar and Hungary and beating Andorra 4-1 on the road.

However, since beating Gibraltar in June 2019 in a European Championship qualifier, the Republic of Ireland haven’t won any of their last 13 competitive matches (D7 L6), scoring only five times in this run.

As a result, Kenny’s side are 16/1 to win in Portugal with the draw available at 9/2 in the Portugal v Republic of Ireland betting tips.

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Portugal v Republic of Ireland head-to-head

Portugal have won seven of the previous 13 meetings (D2 L4) and have never lost at home to the Republic of Ireland.

Their last meeting came in New Jersey in June 2014, a friendly which Portugal won 5-1.

Nine of the last 13 meetings yielded fewer than three total goals and it is 20/23 this is the case again in the Portugal v Republic of Ireland betting tips.

Five of those 13 encounters saw both sides score and it is 33/20 that trend continues.

Portugal v Republic of Ireland key battles

Portugal have won 11 of their last 12 matches in World Cup qualifying since losing 2-0 to Switzerland back in September 2016.

But they have conceded at least once in their last three competitive games and it is 14/5 they beat Ireland but are breached.

This could be the last major tournament for Ronaldo, who has been directly involved in 26 goals in his last 16 World Cup qualifying games for Portugal (23 goals, 3 assists).

Ireland will have their hands full against the 36-year-old, who is 2/5 to score at any time and 6/4 to grab the first goal in the Portugal v Republic of Ireland betting tips.

View the latest World Cup qualifying odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Simon Milham