Northern Ireland take on Serbia this Friday (March 25th) hoping to maintain an unbeaten start to their Euro 2012 Group C qualifying campaign.
Nigel Worthington’s men have recorded a win and two draws from their opening three fixtures against Slovenia, Italy and Faroe Islands and are priced at 32/20 to continue their streak at the Stadion Crvena Zvezda.
However, they will have to do so without first-choice goalkeeper Maik Taylor, who has been ruled out with shoulder and knee problems.
This has paved the way for Nottingham Forest stopper Lee Camp to make his international debut having only recently received clearance to play for Northern Ireland.
Capped by England at U21 level, Camp has a Belfast-born grandfather and has pledged his allegiance to the country of his ancestor’s birth.
While wishing Taylor the best in his recovery from injury, Camp realises that his rival’s misfortune has offered him an opportunity to establish himself in the side.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph in the lead-up to the game, Camp expressed his determination to grab the chance with both hands.
“I’ve made no bones about it – I haven’t come here to sit about and be a bit-part player,” he commented.
“I want to get the shirt and make it my own. That’s my aim. I’ve come here to play and give my all, I’m 100 per cent committed to that.”
With Northern Ireland having successfully shut out Italy earlier on in the qualification campaign and their goalkeeper in such committed mood, betting odds of 27/4 for a 0-0 final result could prove tempting.
A successful £10 bet at bwin.com on a goalless outcome would return £77.50.
On the other hand, Serbia have scored in all of their qualifying games so far this campaign save for a 3-0 loss away to Italy.
Their form has also picked up of late, with impressive away wins recorded against Bulgaria and Israel in international friendlies in their last two matches.
Allied to this is the fact that Northern Ireland’s last result was a 3-0 defeat away to Scotland.
And with Northern Ireland not scoring more than a single goal in a match for more than two years, a 2-1 win for Serbia priced at 31/4 might be worth a punt.
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