Chris Hutcheon fancies a win for Northern Ireland, a point for the Republic and another defeat for Wales in tonight’s Euro2012 Qualifiers.
Faroe Islands V Northern Ireland: Tue: 16:00 Sky Sports 1
Despite enjoying far less possession than their opponents, Northern Ireland managed to hold Italy to a draw at Windsor Park and Nigel Worthington’s troops should build on that result by collecting all three points in Toftir, as they take on the Faroe Islands.
Gamebookers post 1/3 against a victory for Northern Ireland but if that understandably looks a touch skinny to more casual punters, then it could be worth considering a flutter on the visitors enduring a tough but ultimately successful evening in the Svangaskard Stadium, where they are 11/4 (Ladbrokes) to nick it by a one-goal margin.
Slovakia V Republic Of Ireland: Tue: 19:30 Sky Sports 3
Ireland’s hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 finals took a knock on Friday as they were edged out 3-2 at home to Russia but victory in Slovakia would put Giovanni Trapattoni’s side right back in the driving seat in a wide open Group B.
However, they’re Victor Chandler’s 9/4 outsiders ahead of the clash in Zilina, where they will find it difficult to land a maximum haul in what is set to be a tight affair.
Trapattoni would probably be satisfied with a draw (9/4, Coral) and that’s not a bad shout from a betting perspective while for those seeking something a little safer, there’s Stan James’ 4/6 for the fixture to yield fewer than 2.5 goals; both sides conceded three goals in their last match and will be determined to keep things tighter this time around.
Switzerland V Wales: Tue: 19:30 Sky Sports 2
Both Switzerland and Wales have lost both of their Group G matches but it’s the Swiss that should arrest that sequence as the pair face off in Basel. However, at a best price of 1/2 with Totesport Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men hardly set the pulse racing, despite looking like a home banker and so it could be more lucrative to be a touch more ambitious.
Wales couldn’t find the net against Montenegro or Bulgaria and their cause in that department wasn’t helped on Friday by the absence of Craig Bellamy and Robert Earnshaw. Sheffield United’s Ched Evans was also ruled out last week and this lack of firepower for Brian Flynn’s troops means they will find it difficult to break down the hosts at St. Jakob Park.
A Switzerland victory ‘to nil’ at 6/5 (888Sport) is the game’s best bet then and the more ambitious can tackle Betfred’s 11/2 for the home side to kickstart their qualification campaign by notching twice without reply.
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