Neither side has been particularly prolific of late, but no doubt both Wales and Northern Ireland will fancy their chances when they meet at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.
Wales have been on a disappointing run since a 1-0 loss to Montenegro, with Gary Speed unlikely to be enjoying the start of his tenure as manager.
The Northern Irish story is much the same. Their last victory came seven games ago, back in September 2010, when they recorded a 1-0 win over Slovenia, while a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Republic earlier this week can hardly have done anything to boost their confidence.
However, they can take solace in the fact that the Welsh side are unlikely to be able to call upon many of their experienced players.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is out for the foreseeable future, while Cardiff’s on-loan striker Craig Bellamy is doubtful as he continues to feel the effects of the injury he picked up in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals.
In spite of their poor run of form and the lack of available first-choice players, however, Wales go into the match as firm favourites.
The Dragons are priced at 19/20 to get the win with bwin.com, while the draw is available at 9/4.
A look at the sides’ recent head-to-head record is further vindication that the Welsh are the sensible choice for the game.
The last five matches have never ended in victory for the Green and White Army, with three stalemates and two Welsh wins.
However, punters who fancy this dry spell to come to an end on Friday night can back the Irish at 51/20. A successful £10 bet on this outcome will see punters collect £35.50.
Football betting fans could also be tempted to have a flutter on some of the other markets offered on the game by bwin.com.
With neither side in fine fettle, scoring the first goal is likely to be a massive confidence boost for whoever grabs it, as well as being demoralising for the opposition.
With this in mind, backing one of the teams to win to nil could be a sensible option.
bwin.com offers odds of 11/5 on an unanswered Wales win, while longer odds of 21/4 can be had on Northern Ireland to do the same.
A £10 bet on Wales winning the game 2-0 at 17/2 returns £95. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.