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Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg: Predictions
The Republic of Ireland threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Serbia last time out, getting their bid to qualify for a first World Cup since 2002 off to the worst possible start. That said, they did end a six-game run without a goal, while it’s the first time Ireland have scored more than once in a single match since November 2019.
Stephen Kenny will be confident of his side picking up their first win of the current qualification cycle against a Luxembourg side on a run of three consecutive defeats. Although the Red Lions enjoyed a positive Nations League campaign, finishing second in Group C1 with three wins from six games, they’ve tasted victory in just five of their 134 World Cup qualifiers to date, drawing 10 and losing 119.
Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg: Match Stats
Republic of Ireland scored an international goal for the first time since September 2020 last time out, while the 3-2 defeat to Serbia ended a run of eight games with one goal or less scored. Matt Doherty made a match-high six tackles against Serbia, while he won five aerial duels and made four clearances.
Luxembourg scored eight goals during the last World Cup qualification campaign, their best return yet, while the six points garnered across each of their last two cycles represent their highest to date. Luc Holtz’s side has witnessed six red cards in their last seven games, receiving four of them.
Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Luxembourg