Ireland head to Estonia for the first leg of the pair’s Euro 2012 qualifying play-off tie and Giovanni Trapattoni’s charges are strong favourites at 2/5 with Boylesports to book their place at next year’s finals with victory over the course of the two legs.
Paddy Power mark 7/5 against the Irish making a flying start to the double-header with a triumph in Tallinn, however, the hosts are no pushovers and the draw is arguably the best bet in the first meeting, at 11/5 via Sportingbet.
It’s a result Trapattoni would be satisfied with knowing his team should come out on top in Dublin and it would be no surprise if this was a cagey affair that ended without a goal, an outcome Ladbrokes offer at 7/1.
Punters wary of backing a 0-0 stalemate can consider covering both that and a 1-1 draw amongst other results, by backing the match to contain fewer than 2.5 goals but Stan James’ 4/7 is the best price available.
Estonia v Ireland to finish 0-0 – 7/1 (Ladbrokes)