Ireland are Betdaq’s 2.15 (23/20) favourites to complete a Euro 2012 qualifying double over Macedonia having beaten them 2-1 at the Aviva Stadium but after Giovanni’s Trapattoni’s charges were given a rigorous examination by their opponents in Dublin, they are set to find the going pretty tough in Skopje.
Ireland rode their luck a touch in the pair’s March meeting and even though the hosts aren’t exactly in decent form, a draw with Armenia and a victory over Andorra their only positive results in five Group B matches, they’re capable of troubling Trapattoni’s troops on home soil.
A draw shouldn’t be discounted then in the Philip II Arena, where offer 23/10 for the spoils to be shared and for bolder punters it could be worth considering William Hill’s 6/1, marked against a 1-1 scoreline.
In the handicaps, Macedonia are handed a goal start at 4/6 (Paddy Power) and also available at 4/6, this time courtesy of Stan James, is a match tally of fewer than three goals. Meanwhile, unlike the reverse fixture, it could be a clash in which the first half is low on goalmouth action as Macedonia set their stall out to keep the Irish attack at bay; subsequently, a case can be made for the contest to be goalless at the interval (7/4, Stan James).
Macedonia and Ireland to draw – 23/10 ()
Match to be 0-0 at half-time – 7/4 (Stan James)