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World Cup – Ireland vs Portugal: Betting Preview

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Sports Innovation previews the World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Portugal and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.

Ireland will be taking on the visiting team Portugal at Aviva Stadium in a World Cup qualifier tie of Group A on Thursday night. This is a must-win game for Cristiano Ronaldo’s side if they wish to qualify for the prestigious tournament happening next year. Portugal have made a fine start to their campaign in the World Cup qualification round and momentum is on their side before taking on The Boys in Green but will have to make sure that they get all three points.

Our tip

Facts and figures for Ireland vs Portugal in World Cup.

  • Ireland unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row;
  • Ireland did not win the last 4 matches in a row at home;
  • Ireland scored in the last 8 of 10 matches;
  • Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Ireland’s last 3 of 5 matches.
  • Portugal has won the last 4 matches in a row;
  • Portugal unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row;
  • Portugal unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
  • Portugal has won in the last 5 of 6 matches.

Current form — Ireland v. Portugal

Ireland in nice flow

Ireland look to continue their current momentum with another positive result. They look well suited to take on any opponent at the moment, as their last 3 matches saw them gaining 7 points. They started off drawing 1-1 with Serbia, before downing first Azerbaijan by 3-0, then Qatar in a 4-0 win.

Portugal need those three points

Portugal seems untouchable right now having won all of their last three WC qualifiers gaining nine points. First, they beat Ireland by 2-1 at home followed by an away win against Azerbaijan. The most recent win is a 5-0 thrashing against Luxembourg.

Ireland v. Portugal — fixture history

In the most previous encounter between Portugal and Ireland, the former managed to hold on to a tight 2-1 win. Ireland head into their upcoming match against Portugal with a 20% winning record in recent World Cup meetings. In 5 encounters, that amounts to a 1-2-2 record for the home side, as they amassed a win rate of 40%. In the last 5 meetings of these teams, the opponents played on an equal footing.

Current table in the World Cup

Man of the Moment

It is difficult to look past Callum Robinson, when on the search for a marksman. He seems to be on a strong run, as he hit the target 2 times lately for Ireland. Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to score 6 times in the last half dozen matches for Portugal. It is safe to say that they will both be looking to add to their total here once again.