Australia take on Ireland at Stadium Australia, where an exciting match is shaping up in the opening round of the group stage of the World Cup. The game kicks off this coming Thursday.
We are entering the first round of the World Cup group stage with Australia and Ireland hoping this is only the first of many matches coming up.
Bookmakers firmly expect Australia to book their first win of the World Cup at the first time of asking. They’ll be eager to send a message to upcoming opponents of how strong they are. As tournament openers go, Ireland couldn’t have been dealt a tougher hand than starting off their World Cup campaign against this opponent. At Stadium Australia, even a small defeat would be regarded as a minor triumph.
Australia vs Ireland Preview
Australia lost 1-0 against Scotland, before defeating England 0-2 and later France 1-0. Australia achieved success in nine of their last 10 internationals in all competitions, while one in defeat.
Australia only average a modest 1.5 goals per game in their last ten matches in this tournament, in which they scored 15 goals. They also conceded 14 for an average of 1.4 per game. They kept their opponents from scoring two times.
In their last three matches, Ireland lost against France 0-3, and beat Zambia by 3-2, and lost 1-0 to the USA. Ireland were able to win six of their previous 10 internationals across all tournaments, drawing one of the games. They suffered three defeats as well.
Ireland scored 31 goals, conceded four and managed a clean sheet six in their previous ten matches in this tournament.
Australia vs Ireland Stats
- Australia have won 8 of the last 9 matches while scoring more than 1.5 goals
- Australia have won 5 of the last 7 matches without conceding a goal
- Australia have won 8 of the last 9 matches
- Australia have not lost 8 of the last 9 matches
- Australia have scored in 9 of the last 10 matches
- Ireland have not lost 10 of the last 12 matches
- In 6 of the last 8 Ireland matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- In 6 of the last 8 Ireland matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Ireland have conceded in the last 3 matches in a row
- Ireland have not won 3 of the last 4 matches
Australia vs Ireland H2H
Below is a list of the top-scoring players from the Australian and Irish national teams in the most recent World Cup games.
WIN – DRAW – WIN
Australia are massive favorites to put three points on the board and won’t miss this opportunity to open the tournament on a fine note. Saving strength until the latter stages might play a part as well though, as points are more important than a goal fest.
OVER – UNDER
Over 2.5 goals happened in six of Australia’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They pulled off an average of 2.2 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals came up in three of Ireland’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 1.6 goals in these matches.
BTTS & FIRST TO SCORE
Australia scored the first goal of the match in four of their previous ten games. Ireland scored the opening goal in five of a possible ten games.