International Friendly: Republic of Ireland v Serbia match preview

A look ahead to this week’s meeting at Aviva Stadium

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland welcome Serbia to the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night hoping to inflict defeat on Ljubinko Drulovic’s men in his first match in charge, after he was temporarily instated following Sinisa Mihajlovic’s resignation in November when he failed to guide his country to Brazil 2014.

Under the watchful eyes of O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane in their first role in international management, Ireland have beaten Latvia comfortably and also held Poland to a goalless draw. Now they will be hoping to secure another momentum-building result as they look towards a tough but potentially successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign that will see them play Poland, Scotland and Georgia as well as debutants Gibraltar in Group D.

The Irish will not be at full strength, however, with Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid, Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot and Queens Park Rangers’ Kevin Doyle all missing through respective injuries. Despite showing impressive form for loan club Middlesbrough, Ireland’s former no. 1 Shay Given has not been recalled since retiring after Euro 2012.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7:45pm

PAST TWO MEETINGS…

2012: Serbia 0-0 Republic of Ireland, International Friendly

2008: Serbia 1-1 Republic of Ireland, International Friendly

STATS…

Republic of Ireland and Serbia have only met on two previous occasions, both ending in draws

In 2008, Andy Keogh rescued a draw for his side when he netted a 90th minute equaliser to cancel out Marko Pantelic’s opener in Giovanni Trappatoni’s first home match in charge of the Ireland national side

Serbia are unbeaten in their last five outings, winning three and drawing two, while Ireland are unbeaten in their last three with two wins and a draw

ODDS…

Republic of Ireland to win: 2.6

Serbia to win: 2.8

Draw: 3.1

TV: 7:45pm, Sky Sports 3

New Articles
tvDownton Abbey Christmas special
Arts and Entertainment
Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
tvOur review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvSo Sky Atlantic arrived in Iceland to film their new and supposedly snow-bound series 'Fortitude'...
Arts and Entertainment
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who Christmas special
tvForget the rumours that Clara Oswald would be quitting the Tardis
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
News
The Queen delivers her Christmas message
newsTwitter reacts to Her Majesty's Christmas Message
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashion
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all