Austria v Republic of Ireland Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 12th November by @tashason21

Austria v Republic of Ireland – Ernst-Happel-Stadion at 17:00 live on Sky Sports 1

My latest Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on Saturday’s World Cup qualifier between Austria and the Republic of Ireland.

Austria

Austria came into Group D as one of the favourites to qualify, although their campaign isn’t going as expected.

The home side are already 3 points behind Ireland in the group table and although there is still a while to go, failure to beat Martin O’Neill’s men would put them at significant risk of not qualifying for the tournament.

Austria have only managed to obtain 4 points from their opening 3 games, with their only win coming against Georgia (2-1) back in September.

In their most recent World Cup qualifier, Austria suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Serbia and as a result, dropped to 4th in the Group D table. Failure to get anything out of the game against Ireland could see Marcel Koller’s side drop even further down the table.

Austria’s other World Cup qualifier ended in a 2-2 draw against Wales.

There is no doubt that the home side shouldn’t be in the position they are in, in light of the quality of their squad. Koller has the likes of David Alaba, Dragovic, Mark Janko and Arnautovic at his disposal and so surely it’s only a matter of time before results start going their way.

 

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Marcel Koller

Republic of Ireland

Compared to Austria, the Republic of Ireland will be very happy with how they’ve started their qualification campaign. Martin O’Neill’s side are joint top of Group D with Serbia.

In their most recent World Cup qualifier, Ireland beat Moldova 3-1 as a result of James McClean’s brace and Shane Long’s effort.

However, Shane Long will miss the match against Austria, along with James McCarthy and Stephen Ward, who all miss out through injury.

The Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in 4 games, although Austria are tougher opposition compared to most others they’ve faced of late.

In their other World Cup qualifying matches, Ireland have managed to pull off a 2-2 draw against Serbia and a 1-0 win over Georgia.

Ireland also have some decent players in their squad, such as Harry Arter, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady and therefore Austria should have a tough game on their hands.

A win for the away side could extend the gap at the top of Group D to 6 points and put them in a great position to qualify for the tournament.

Conclusion

To conclude, this game should be one of the most entertaining qualifiers we’ll see this weekend and I am expecting both teams to fight for the win. I think this will be a tight affair which could well end in a draw and therefore I recommended backing the Republic of Ireland +0.5 at 1.92 which looks value, considering the form they’ve been in of late.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Republic of Ireland +0.5 at 1.92 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Friday 11th November By @J_RKeith

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan – Windsor Park at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1

We’re back for another week of International qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as once again I will be covering Northern Ireland and giving my Asian Handicap betting recommendation for this encounter at Windsor Park on Friday.

Northern Ireland

For the hosts, I would class these qualifiers so far as steady. Yes they suffered a defeat away to Germany in their last match, but they did sit two games unbeaten and are currently three points off of second place.
This is all building on what was a successful Euro 2016 the small nation had in France, making it to the round of 16 before getting knocked out by Wales.

Furthermore, it is a new stadium for GAWA and they opened their new home in style with a 4-0 against San Marino; Kyle Lafferty grabbing a brace after coming on off the bench. Yet, their home form could do with some improving considering they have only won two of their last five in Northern Ireland.

Michael O’Neil has a squad who are willing to work hard for him, setting up in a classic 4-5-1 as quality lies in this team with the likes of Steven Davis and Jonny Evans. Both Premier League players who have that extra bit of quality that matters in the nitty gritty matches.

We may see a few new faces in the squad this week too, considering O’Neil’s called up the uncapped goalkeeper Trevor Carson, defender Tom Flanagan and midfielder Matthew Lund. Meanwhile, familiar faces in Aaron Hughes and Lafferty have earned their place too.

 

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Kyle Lafferty

Azerbaijan

To be honest, I don’t know much about Northern Ireland’s opponents on Friday, but they seem to be doing really well considering they sit unbeaten after three matches and are two points off of the top spot.
Robert Prosinecki’s last qualifier ending in a 0-0 draw away to Czech Republic; the visitors setting up in a 4-5-1 formation looking to snatch three points on the counter.

Yet, like Northern Ireland, it’s not like they will be unhappy with their recent form considering they won their first two matches 1-0 against both Norway and San Marino. Furthermore, in World Cup qualifiers they remain unbeaten in their last seven, while in all competitions it is only three wins from their previous 15 matches.

One thing I have noticed about the squad is that a majority of players play for the club Qarabag. An Azerbaijan team who won the league last season. This could be good for them mainly because they play alongside each other every week and don’t have to congregate understanding each other’s game in a short period of time. A positive for sure, it’s just whether the quality is there.

Yet there is a concern for the visitors as striker Rauf Aliyev isn’t in the squad, having netted seven times in 44 games, but they set-up similar to O’Neil’s team with a classic 4-5-1 and have changed the striker in all three competitive fixtures.

 

Conclusion

The last time these two nations met, Azerbaijan won 2-0 at home in 2013; Jonny Evans receiving a red card in the 90th minute. However, Azerbaijan has never won away from home; drawing one and losing another back in 2005.
Not many goals have been expected either with under two goals scored in their four previous meetings.

What to back? Both teams will want to keep it tight, no doubt about that! I just wonder whether Northern Ireland will go for it more considering they are the home nation. Yet when it comes to goals, Northern Ireland has scored five in their last five (four in one game) and Azerbaijan has netted three in their last five. I think unders is the right way to go for this encounter.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2 goals at 1.90 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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Netherlands v Belgium Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wednesday 9th November by @tashason21

Netherlands v Belgium – Amsterdam Arena at 19:45 live on Chelsea TV

My latest Asian Handicap Betting preview focuses on the international friendly between the Netherlands and Belgium.

Netherlands

The decline of the Netherlands has baffled the majority of football fans. After shocking the world with their failure to qualify for Euro 2016, the team are now under growing pressure to start performing.

Since the Euros, Danny Blind has taken charge of the squad, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned after their terrible Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

Much is expected of this Dutch side, which boasts a talented array of players such as Janssen, Robben, Wijnaldum and van Dijk. However, the team as a whole are failing to perform.

The home side have only won 1 of their last 4 games and despite this encounter being just a friendly, there’s plenty of pressure on the outcome!

At the beginning of October, the Netherlands lost 1-0 to France in a World Cup Qualifier.

Most worryingly however is that Holland’s form on home soil has been terrible and they’ve lost 6 out of their last 7 home games. A win against a talented Belgium side would certainly give Blind’s team a confidence boost ahead of their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Luxembourg.

 

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Vincent Janssen

Belgium

Belgium had a disappointing Euros after exiting the tournament off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Wales in the quarter-finals.

Since then, Roberto Martinez has replaced Marc Wilmots as head coach. At present the signs are positive, with Belgium winning their last 3 World Cup Qualifiers against Cyprus (3-0), Bosnia (4-0) and Gibraltar (6-0).

The quality in this Belgium squad is unquestionable, although in recent years they have struggled to gel as a team. Having De Bruyne, Lukaku, Carrasco and Hazard in your side looks great on paper, but Belgium are yet to perform on the big stage as one would expect.

Hazard is likely to pose a big threat on Wednesday, as the Chelsea midfielder is back on form after an abysmal 2015/16 season. He scored a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Everton last weekend and is worth backing to feature on the scoresheet.

Belgium have won 5 of their last 6 away games and with the Netherlands faltering on home soil, the away side might fancy their chances!

Conclusion

There is no doubt that both teams have a considerable amount of talent in their squad, but Belgium are definitely the form side. The Netherlands are still struggling, despite being under a new head coach and taking everything into consideration, I think backing Belgium -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market looks value at 2.07.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Belgium -0.25 @ 2.07 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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