Moldova vs Serbia: Match Preview and Prediction
Moldova vs Serbia
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Thursday, 6th October 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau.
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Moldova’s World Cup qualification campaign started with a heavy 4-0 defeat to Wales away from home. They are one of the lowest ranked sides in Europa and miracles are hardly expected from them when they host Serbia for the second match in Group D. A quick peek into the Euro 2016 qualifiers and Moldova have failed to register a win from their 10 matches in their group.
Serbia didn’t have the best of the starts to their Qualifying campaign as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Republic of Ireland. It was the visitors who took the lead as early as 3 minutes into the game, but two goals from Filip Kostic and Dusan Tadic put Serbia up-front around the hour mark. But Ireland will strike again with 10 minutes left on the clock to deny the home side a win on the opening day.
Moldova vs Serbia: Head-to-Head Stats
The Thursday’s World Cup qualifying clash will be the first ever meeting between Moldova and Serbia in a football field.
Moldova vs Serbia: Prediction
At the same time, Serbia are a side looking to recover from the troubles during their European Qualification campaign. They squad is young and yet to come together as a unit under the new management of Slavoljub Muslin. The team is unbeaten in four matches since he took control with all four matches being played at their home ground. The trip to Moldova will be their first away game under Muslin and the odds are in their favour considering the poor record of their hosts.
Moldova will be coming into Thursday’s fixture on the back of 1 win from their last 22 matches in all competitions. However, the 4-0 defeat to Wales was the only match during the period in which they lost by a margin of more than 2 goals. So a handicap bet with +2 goals to start for Moldova is the way to go in this fixture. This is also consolidated by the fact that Serbia haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 8 games.
Moldova vs Serbia: Betting Tips
- Handicap Moldova to start with +2 goals at 1.65 (7/11)
- Over 2.5 goals at 2.20 (8/7).