Northern Ireland can’t qualify for the World Cup so they’re effectively just playing for fourth position in Group F but second-placed Russia are still very much in the hunt for top spot and they subsequently need the points desperately as the two teams lock horns in Belfast.
It’s as high as 18/5 (888Sport) to finish all square at Windsor Park but Russia have been particularly defensively strong of late while Northern Ireland struggle for goals so it’s difficult to envisage anything other than an away success.
That’s the only qualifier being played but there are also a few televised friendlies for punters to sink their teeth into. In Cardiff, Wales host Ireland and bookies believe there isn’t much between the sides, William Hill for example, quoting both at 17/10 to emerge triumphant.
Nevertheless, the Irish are well organised and will come up against a vulnerable Welsh outfit set to be without star man Gareth Bale so the away side get the nod.