Moldova vs Ireland Tips
Moldova welcome Ireland to the Zimbru Stadium for this World Cup Qualifier in what will be the very first competitive meeting between the two sides. Both sides are at a stage where qualifying for Russia 2018 would be a massive boost, and is not a formality.
Ireland endured a torturous first 45 minutes against Georgia in Dublin on Thursday night, but they garnered much neutral support from their time at Euro 2016, but Moldova will want to pour water on that fire and get themselves a massive three points for the journey.
Moldova vs Ireland Betting Tips: Winner
Unfortunately for the hosts, the visitors are hugely fancied to take the points in this one. With no direct history to look upon then recent form is key to making predictions towards the outcome of the game, as it should be of course. Moldova did suffer a heavy loss at the hands of Wales in their opening qualifier of course, while Republic of Ireland managed a 2-2 draw with Serbia. The group kicked off along a similar vein to how this preview sees the group panning out, so get on Republic of Ireland to grab the win. Click here to back Ireland at 8/13.
Moldova vs Ireland Predictions: Both Teams To Score
Despite Ireland being the more fancied side here, this could be a really tough match. While they haven’t scored too many this year, with just two goals in four matches, they could find a way through if Republic of Ireland switch off for a bit. The Irish defence is certainly good, but Moldova could well sneak the ball in. Ireland will surely score of course, so if your predictions can see both teams scoring, click here to get on that at 23/20.
Moldova vs Ireland Players to Watch
Shane Long will have a bit of work to do to get himself on the scoresheet against a resolute Moldovan defence, but with quality service from the likes of James McClean and Jon Walters out wide he should find chances are plenty. With the recent withdrawals of the likes of Newcastle frontman Daryl Murphy and goalkeeper Kieran Westwood, the Irish have suffered something of a depleted squad but they should have enough quality to see off a pretty stubborn challenge and grab the points.
For Moldova, keep an eye on Vladislav Ivanov, vying to win his fifth cap. He hasn’t scored for Moldova in his previous four, but if he can get an outing he could be the one to make his way into the goals column.