Scotland are confidently expected to fall short in their 27/20-rated bid to down Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D rivals Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park.
Quite why a side that have won just three of their last eight outings on home soil should be such clear favourites is anyone’s guess.
Either the 11/5 about a draw or the 2/1 on offer in return for an away victory make far more appeal.
The hosts had an own-goal by Georgia’s Akaki Khubutia to thank for the most recent of the aforementioned victories, suggesting breaking down defensively diligent visitors is not one of their strong points.
That result did much to temper the euphoria created by the Scots’ narrow defeat in Germany the game before and against superior opposition they could be made to rue such a lack of incisiveness.
Martin O’Neill’s side bettered that result in Deutschland, holding Die Mannschaft to a draw, just as they gleaned greater reward from their clash with the Georgians.
It’s now five away games and counting without defeat under the European Cup winning winger turned coach.
The Republic’s Tbilisi win was the third road trip in succession in which the they’ve have found the onion bag at least once, going someway to expunging the miserable run of goalless away-days under his predecessor.
It’s fair to say that four of that unbeaten quintet were indeed stalemates, but against a Scotland side ill at ease with dictating the game there will plenty of space for their dangerous wide forwards to exploit.
Shane Long bagged twice from the bench for Southampton last time out and the fact that he is unlikely to get the nod ahead of Jonathan Walters from the off makes him a prime to score last wager at 7/1.