A point at home to Armenia will ensure that it’s Ireland and not their opponents that secure second place in Group B and a Euro 2012 qualifying play-off place but bookies actually expect Giovanni Trapattoni’s to glean a maximum haul from the Dublin showdown, pricing the hosts at 3/4.
Kevin Doyle took just eight minutes to break the deadlock as Ireland got the better of Andorra last time out and with Robbie Keane absent for this one, Doyle has even more of a responsibility to provide cutting edge for Trapattoni’s side. The Wolves striker is the man to watch in the first scorer betting then, especially at odds of 11/2 (Skybet).
Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington will step down after his side’s game in Italy and his tenure is set to end in defeat in Pescara, where Cesare Prandelli’s troops are just 2/9 at best with William Hill to come out on top.
The hosts have conceded just twice in nine qualifying matches and they can keep a clean sheet in this one, lending appeal to Blue Square’s 4/6 for an Italy victory ‘to nil’.