Match Preview: Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan Predictions and Betting Tips 04.09.2021

Ireland – Azerbaijan Predictions & Tips For Today, September 4, 2021.

League: World Cup – Qualification
Match: 17:00 Ireland – Azerbaijan
Tip: Home Win
Odd: 1.62
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:1 LOST

Ireland – Azerbaijan Match Preview

  • Ireland meet Azerbaijan for the first time in what is a must-win clash for both countries as they look for their first points in World Cup Qualification (WCQ). The Irish will be reeling after leading Portugal until the 89th minute on Wednesday before a late brace from record-breaking international scorer Cristiano Ronaldo compiled more heartache on Head Coach Stephen Kenny, who now has just one win from 14 matches in charge (D5, L8).
  • Kenny certainly won’t be taking an opponent ranked 112th in the FIFA rankings lightly here having suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to 96th-ranked Luxembourg in their previous home encounter. In fact, Kenny is not only still searching for his first home victory since his appointment in April 2020 (D2, L2), but also his first home goal.
  • Another team to suffer a 2-1 loss last time out, Azerbaijan succumbed to Luxembourg which has left their very faint WC 2022 hopes in tatters. Considering they’ve only ever won seven WCQ matches since being recognised as an independent nation, their last coming against San Marino in 2017, it’s no shock that they’ve never reached a major tournament.
  • Gianni De Biasi’s side are certainly no strangers to playing away from their home nation as 13 of their previous 15 international fixtures have taken place outside of Azerbaijan (W2, D4, L8). Winning just two WCQ away matches ever in their history, the visitors have also only ever scored nine WCQ away goals!
  • Players to watch: Ireland’s Aaron Connolly has received a yellow card in two of his last three international appearances, but has zero Premier League yellow cards across 42 matches for club side Brighton. Azerbaijan clearly rely on the offensive talents of Emin Mahmudov, the scorer of three of their last five international goals.
  • Hot stat: Ireland have been losing at HT just once across their last 16 matches (W2, D13).

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