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STAR PREVIEW: Republic Of Ireland v Serbia

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ot there with the HT DRAW recommendation last night even though Slovakia’s third minute goal was hardly in my script.

I think Slovakia exploited a weakness in England, namely that they are still half asleep in the early stages of their matches and the Slovak’s made an explosive start.

All eyes on Dublin tonight for Ireland v Serbia, one of the more competitive World Cup Qualifiers.  The reverse fixture finished 2-2. In fact they have only met four times and there has been a draw on three occasions.

It’s a huge game for both sides who sit first and second in Group D – Serbia leading by two points.

The Serbs definitely come into this in better form. They beat Moldova 3-0 on Saturday whilst Ireland inexplicably drew 1-1 with Georgia who are out of contention in terms of World Cup qualification.

More bad news from that game. Martin O’Neill will be without the services of Jeff Hendrick who has failed to recover from a thigh injury.

O’Neill is pragmatic about the challenge ahead tonight. He said; “We’ll have to be really, really at our best to win the game – but we can do that.

“We’re in there fighting, that’s what we’re doing. We are unbeaten in the group at this moment. It’s hard to believe, but we’re unbeaten in the group.

“We’re going to try and do two things – win the game, and if we can’t do that, then we’ll try to get something out of it.”

Republic of Ireland v Serbia
FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Sep 2016 WORLD CUP Serbia 2-2 Ireland
Mar 2014 INTERNATIONAL Ireland 1-2 Serbia
Aug 2012 INTERNATIONAL Serbia 0-0 Ireland
May 2008 INTERNATIONAL Ireland 1-1 Serbia

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