Although top spot for Ireland is still theoretically possible, in reality Giovanni Trapattoni’s side’s clash with Armenia at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow is a straight shoot-out for second place in Group B.
With Russia highly unlikely to lose against Andorra, an Irish win or draw over Armenia will see them through to the Euro 2012 play-offs, while a defeat will see them overtaken in the group by their opponents on the night.
Crucially, Ireland’s recent defensive record means they will go into the game confident of securing at least the point they need to keep their qualification hopes alive.
The Boys in Green have kept eight clean sheets in their last eight games and are priced at 11/10 to make it nine in a row against Armenia.
And with four wins picked up in their last seven home games and a 1-0 away victory over Armenia recorded in September last year, a win to nil also looks like a safe bet at 8/5.
A successful £25 free bet on Ireland to win to nil is set to return £65, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
However, the best bet could be on Ireland to be winning at half time and full time, with this tip based on analysis of their scoring pattern.s
Ireland are fast starters, with nine of their 13 goals in Group B coming before the interval.
With this in mind, take advantage of the odds of 8/5 on Ireland to convert a half time lead into a win.
In the 3Way football betting market, Trapattoni’s men are odds-on at 18/25, with the draw at 27/10.
Those who think Armenia can pull off a shock can back them to take the three points they need to make it to the play-offs at 18/5.
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