The Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland will be the site of the Republic of Ireland vs Austria Group D 2018 World Cup qualifying clash this Sunday, June 11th. Both teams are still in the hunt for the top two positions and a chance at reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Serbia and the Republic of Ireland currently lead Group D with 11 points each. Wales and Austria are next with seven points each while Georgia sits in fifth place with two points and Moldova is in the cellar with one point.
Republic of Ireland vs Austria – bet365 World Cup Qualifying Odds:
- bet365 currently lists Ireland as the favorites to win the game at 29/20 with Austria 2/1 and a draw at 21/10
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World Cup Qualifying Odds – Republic of Ireland vs Austria Head to Head:
These two teams last met on November 12th in a World Cup qualifier with Ireland winning 1-0 in Austria. The two sides have met 15 times in the past with Austria winning nine, losing three and drawing the other three. They’ve also doubled up the Irish in the goals department by outscoring them 36-18. The victory is Ireland’s one and only in the last nine meetings to go along with six losses and two draws.
Republic of Ireland – A Closer Look:
The Republic of Ireland enters the match in a first-place tie in the six-team group with 11 points. They’re unbeaten after five games with three wins and two draws with seven goals scored and a group-low three against. The team is currently ranked number 26 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number six back in August of 1993. The Republic has three wins, a draw and a pair of losses in their last five matches.
Their last outing was a 3-1 loss to Mexico in a friendly in New Jersey on June 1st. The Republic of Ireland is currently managed by Martin O’Neill with assistance from Roy Keane. Seamus Coleman is listed as the nation’s current squad skipper. The team made its debut in 1924 and has appeared in three previous World Cup tournaments with the last time being in 2002. Their best showing was making it to the quarterfinals in 1990. They’ve also made it to three European Championships and finished in the final eight in both 1964 and 1988.
Austria – A Closer Look:
Austria enters the game in a third-place tie with Wales in Group D as they both have seven points after five games. Austria has two wins, a draw and two defeats with eight goals scored and seven against. The Austrian squad is currently ranked 36th in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number 10 from March to June in 2016. Austria has just one win in their past five matches with two draws and two losses. Their last match was a 1-1 home draw with Finland in March.
Austria is currently managed by Marcel Koller of Switzerland with Julian Baumgartlinger as the team’s captain. The Austrian team made its debut in 1902 and has appeared in seven previous World Cup tournaments with the last one being in 1998. The nation’s best showing was a third-place finish in the 1954 event. They’ve appeared in two European Championships and didn’t get out of the group stage in 2008 and 2016. However, they did win a silver medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
World Cup Qualifying Odds – Republic of Ireland vs Austria Takeaway:
Austria will have a tough time finishing in the top two in Group D if they don’t win this game. There are nine European groups of six teams with the group winners automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The eight second-place teams with the best records will enter a two-game playoff series.