Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill will be hoping that home advantage plays a part in his side’s Champions League qualification clash with Estonia’s Flora.
There is little to separate the Hoops with the Tallinn side and this is evident in the betting markets being made available for the game.
Shamrock are seen as a 3/5 bet to take the first leg at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, while the away win offers odds of 17/4 and the draw is priced at 14/5.
However, while Shamrock go into the first leg as favourites, the odds on each team progressing show that over the two games, it is expected to be a tight affair.
Rovers are priced at 3/4 to progress through to the next round, while Martin Reim’s Flora are priced at 19/20 to achieve the same feat.
Football betting enthusiasts looking for some of the more interesting bets could also be tempted to enter the half-time or handicap markets.
Bwin offers odds of 21/20 that Shamrock lead at the interval, while the draw is priced at 27/20.
However, at odds of 4/1 to be winning at the half-time point, a lot of money could be placed on Flora.
As for the end result, punters can improve their odds by giving either of the teams a 1-0 head start.
With Shamrock going into the tie one goal to the good, the odds on a home win move to 7/50, while the draw becomes as 23/4 bet and the away win is priced at 21/2.
Conversely, if Rovers start the game 1-0 down, they are then priced at 3/2 to emerge victorious, with the draw moving to odds if 13/5 and the away win moving to 13/10.
In recent history, both sides have shown that they are competent in front of goal with Shamrock scoring seven goals in their last five matches and Flora hitting nine over the same period.
However, while the attackers have been doing their job, the defensive units of both sides are in need of improving, with Rovers shipping an average of one goal per game and Flora leaking eight goals in that time.
As such, fans could be enticed by the odds on the number of goals to be scored.
A goalless draw, while unlikely, could prove tempting at healthy odds of 10/1, while one, two and three goals are priced at 17/4, 27/10 and 31/10 respectively.
For those expecting more goals, odds of 17/4 and 19/4 can be had on exactly four or five or more converted efforts during the game.
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