Match date: 06 Oct 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: International Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: over 3
| Match result:
2-0 - Lost
In World Cup qualifications group D Ireland weren't so impressive and with 13 points out of 8 rounds are at third spot at the table with one point less than second placed Wales, Serbia are five points above them and now all they can hope for is second spot and play offs, tonight they are welcoming Moldova and in this match must achieve victory, they are big favorites and should be able to overcome one of the weakest teams in this group.
Ireland won placement on previous European Championship in France and reached knockout stage there, however in 1/8 finals were eliminated by hosts, it will be very difficult for them to win their ticket for Russia, after this match they will face with Wales in last round and that match will probably be crucial, anyway victory here is absolutely necessary and i'm sure that will managed to collect all three points.
Hosts scored only nine goals in previous 8 rounds, in last seven matches including friendlies they celebrated only once, now are coming to this duel after three games without victory, in last round were defeated at home by leaders Serbian with narrow result. Anyway for this game they are clear favorites and should be able to achieve routine victory. Midfielders Robbie Brady (36/7) and James McLean (54/9) are both suspended, defenders Seamus Coleman (43/1), Paul McShane (33/0) and forward Jonathan Walters are all injured while midfielders Harry Arter (7/0), James McCarthy (41/0) and forward Shane Long (76/17) are all in doubt due to injury issues.
Moldova on the other hand were outsiders int his group from start, after 8 matches they took only two points, both in duels with Georgia and with only two points are at the bottom of the table, so far they scored only four goals while conceded 20 and i just doubt that will manage to do something here in Ireland against team which must win this game. In first meeting with Ireland they conceded three goals and conceded one at home, here it seems almost impossible to avoid another defeat.
In last 14 matches Moldova achieved only one victory over San Marino in friendly game while in last six suffered four defeats with draws. In previous two rounds guests suffered two defeats against Serbia and Wales, they conceded five goals without scoring and i just doubt that will manage to get back on the tracks here against decent Ireland.
Moldova are without competitive motive but are coming here to play football, still i just doubt that will manage to confront to a decent hosts tonight. Defenders Ion Jardan (16/0), Victor Golovatenco (82/4), Igor Armas (52/4), Catalin Carp (14/1), Veaceslav Posmac (21/2), midfielder Eugeniu Cebotaru (54/1), forwards Eugen Sidorenco (34/7) and Igor Bugaiov (55/9) will all miss this duel.
Ireland need points from this match, they aren't in some great form but are stronger team than Moldova for sure, hosts just can't afford failure here and i'm convinced that will celebrate, i expect goals and over 3 seems like a safe option.