Republic of Ireland - Serbia Betting Preview: Changes could leave defences vulnerable at the Aviva Stadium

Neither team will take their place at World Cup 2014 but our tipster expects an open game with plenty of goalmouth action when these two sides clash in Dublin on Wednesday night
Martin O’Neill will be aiming to preserve his unbeaten record as Republic of Ireland manager when his side welcome Serbia to Dublin for an international friendly at Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night.

The former Sunderland boss has seen his side win one match and draw one match since taking charge in November and Ireland will be keen to make home advantage count when they face the Serbs.

The hosts have lost just one of their last seven matches on home soil and can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) with Paddy Power to claim victory on Wednesday.

Serbia, though, are unbeaten in their last five matches and, having secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Russia in November, the visitors will travel to Dublin in confident mood.

Serbia are chalked up at 19/10 (2.90) to end Martin O’Neill’s unbeaten start as Ireland boss by winning on Wednesday while the same firm go 21/10 (3.10) that the match ends all square.

With the Euro 2016 qualification campaign due to begin in September, Martin O’Neill will look to field an experimental side here with veteran campaigners such as Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Robbie Keane all missing from the squad.

The absence of Keane means that striker Shane Long may well start Wednesday’s clash for Ireland and the Hull City front man looks decent value at 6/1 (7.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock in Dublin.

Serbia, too, will be looking to impress ahead of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign and it is caretaker boss Ljubinko Drulovic who will take charge in Dublin, after Sinisa Mihajlovic was sacked following Serbia’s failure to reach World Cup 2014.

If Drulovic’s side are to win on Wednesday, they will look for a big performance from the dangerous Dusan Tadic.

The 25-year-old has scored 11 goals in 25 league games for FC Twente in the Netherlands this season and, should he reproduce that kind of form for his country, the 7/1 (8.0) quote from Paddy Power for Tadic to net first would represent excellent value.

Both teams have a point to prove ahead before the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign kicks off and this promises to be a keenly contested encounter.

With plenty of attacking talent on show, the even money (2.0) quote on offer for both teams to find the target represents decent value and should be snapped up accordingly by punters here.

Both teams to score at even money (2.0) 2pts with Paddy Power

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