Ireland Vs Luxembourg Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals – 27 March 2021

Goals at a premium in Dublin

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Ireland Republic of Ireland Vs Luxembourg Luxembourg

Saturday 27th March 2021 – 19:45 (Sky Sports)
World Cup Qualifier
Pick: Under 2.5 Goals
Odds: 3/4
Bookmaker: BetVictor
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 25th March 2021)

Preview: Stephan Kenny will be looking for a positive response to Wednesday’s setback in Serbia, as well as his first win as Republic of Ireland manager, when Luxembourg visits Aviva Stadium in Dublin for Saturday’s World Cup 2022 Qualifier from Group A.

World Cup 2022 Qualifying Betting at Bet365


Republic of Ireland – Kenny closer to maiden victory?

If we are to assume the one automatic qualifying berth is going the way of the highest ranked nation in this group, which is reigning European champions Portugal, then it leaves Ireland scrapping for second and a shot at the play-offs. It makes results like the one they suffered in Belgrade on Wednesday, when losing 3-2 to Serbia, a bitter blow in their hopes of reaching a first World Cup tournament for twenty years.

Despite losing their opening qualifier, there were positive to be had for manager Stephen Kenny, who is still without a win in nine matches (D4 L5) since taking charge for the first time for their 1-1 draw in Bulgaria last September. Firstly, Ireland scored more than once in a game for the first time in ten internationals, having previously only netted a solitary goal under former Ireland U21 coach Kenny.

Kenny also made a host of changes, leaving out several who had grown accustomed to starting regularly, and in the first half particularly will have seen some enterprising football produced from his players. In the end, though, they were still well beaten in every vital statistic that counts, with the most important one showing they are without a win in a competitive fixture for eighteen months (D5 L5 when excluding friendlies).


Ireland Win To Nil



Luxembourg – Sharing the spoils unlikely in Dublin?

While the rest of Group A were occupying each other, Luxembourg were busy entertaining the host nation. Due to the uneven nature of these groups, there will always be a nation without a qualifying fixture in any given round. The decision, therefore, was to place Qatar in this section and designate all their matches as friendlies, with Luxembourg losing the first of these 1-0 inside a neutral venue in Hungary.

Les Lions Rouges are now winless in four, losing three, and have drawn only one of their past sixteen encounters (W3 D1 L12). They’ve scored a single goal since recording back-to-back victories against Montenegro and Cyprus, an own goal. Meanwhile, away from home they have found the back of the net just seven times across their previous nine away outings (W2 L5), failing to do so at all on five occasions.

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Republic or Ireland Vs Luxembourg Betting Advice

This isn’t set up to be a fascinating watch, that is for sure. Ireland remain winless across their past ten internationals and only recently ended a seven-match dry spell in front of goal with a 3-2 loss away to Serbia on Wednesday. Whereas Luxembourg arrive in Dublin fronting up to three defeats in their last four matches, in which their only goal scored during this period was an own goal in defeat to Cyprus.


Republic of Ireland Vs Luxembourg – Key Facts:

  • Saturday’s fixture at the Aviva Stadium will be the first to take place between these nations for more than thirty years. Ireland boast a perfect record, though, winning three of four previous meetings to nil.
  • Prior to scoring twice in defeat to Serbia on Wednesday, Ireland had failed to score in seven successive matches. They remain winless in ten (D5 L5, excluding extra-time).
  • Just one goal in four games (D1 L3) now for Luxembourg, who scored seven times across their past twelve away internationals (W2 D2 L8).


While this does appear an excellent opportunity for Ireland manager Stephan Kenny to notch his first win since taking charge last September, it is far from a formality. Luxembourg secured 2-1 wins in Montenegro and Azerbaijan towards the end of 2020, yet have now lost five of the last seven away from home. I’m not sure we can read too much into Ireland’s perfect head-to-head (W4) either, with the last meeting in 1987.

Best Betting Odds – Republic of Ireland Vs Luxembourg

Republic of Ireland – 2/5 (PaddyPower)
Draw – 10/3 (Betfair)
Luxembourg – 7/1 (BetVictor)