Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane set off on their quest to ensure Ireland qualify for a second successive European Championships, with Georgia the first stop for the party bus.
The hosts are in much better form, but the men from the Emerald Isle have to be backed at 13/10 to claim the laurels in Eastern Europe.
Georgia have avoided defeat against France on their own patch and limited Spain to a 2-0 victory in the past year.
They’ve also beaten two of their last three adversaries, but the Republic will prove far tougher foes than Lichtenstein and Saudi Arabia so steer clear of the home team’s 21/10 for victory, or the 11/5-rated draw for that matter.
Having beaten this opponent in each of their five meetings, Ireland rank an excellent punt in the match-betting stakes, but if that’s not floating your boat, try these alternative options on for size:
Over 2.5 goals @ 7/5
Each of the visitor’s three sojourns under O’Neill’s stewardship have yielded fewer than three goals, but that’s set to change in Tbilisi.
They’ve scored at least two every time this pair have locked horns, with goal line crossing the mark in question on four of these instances, with a 2-1 scoreline the most commonly recurring.
Another helping, incidentally, can be backed at 21/2.
Both teams to score @ 21/20
The Irish laundry has been sullied in three tussles with this former Soviet foe, as it has in four of their last six under O’Neill.
More goals in the second half @ 13/10
Whenever Ireland have locked horns with the Georgians, the bulk of the goals have typically been delivered after the interval.
It’s been the case in 80 per cent of their matches to date and given the forecast of a big batch on the way here, there’s a good chance it’ll be the case again.