Northern Ireland will take another giant stride towards their dream of playing in next summer's World Cup should they come out on top when Czech Republic visit Windsor Park on Monday night.
The Green and White Army made history when they qualified for last summer's European Championships in France and Michael O'Neill's men will be guaranteed a World Cup qualification play-off place should they beat Karel Jarolim's men in Belfast.
Northern Ireland have, once again, rewritten the history books during this campaign, for Friday's 3-0 win against San Marino was the first time that the boys from Belfast have won four consecutive competitive matches. SportPesa offer 7/4 (2.75) that the Green and White Army enjoy a fifth successive success when they line up against Jarolim's side on Monday.
The Czechs came agonisingly close to claiming a precious point from Friday's fixture against Germany, but Mats Hummels grabbed a dramatic late winner for Die Mannschaft to break Czech hearts.
As such, Jarolim's men have a mountain to climb if they are to secure a play-off place and anything less than a victory in Belfast will see the Czechs crash out of the competition.
There is 37/20 (2.85) that Czech Republic keep their slender dreams alive with a vital victory and 2/1 (3.0) that the match ends in stalemate - as it did when these teams locked horns in the Czech capital in their Group C curtain-raiser 12 months ago.
Defensive discipline has been a cornerstone of Northern Ireland's success so far in qualifying for this tournament, for O'Neill's men have kept a clean sheet in six of their seven group games thus far - conceding only in an away defeat to world champions, Germany.
A glut of goals in this match, therefore, seems improbable with just 10/23 (1.43) that there are fewer than three goals scored in the game and 20/33 (1.61) that either side fails to find the net in Belfast.
Those keen to back the Green and White Army to chalk up another clean sheet can back the hosts at 31/20 (2.55) to shut out the Czechs, while O'Neill's men are certainly tempting at 57/20 (3.85) to win without conceding.
That particular play would have landed in each of the last 10 games that the Green and White Army have won and 21/20 (2.05) is available that most of the scoring comes in the second half. It is worth noting that nine of Northern Ireland's 14 goals in this group have come after the break.
More than 30 years have passed since Northern Ireland took their place at a World Cup finals and, while the Green and White Army will face a stern test in the play-offs should they secure the runners-up spot in this group, O'Neill's charges look to be well-placed to defy their doubters once again.
Northern Ireland's strong home record could well prove pivotal ahead of Monday's match and backing the Green and White Army at a generous 7/4 (2.75 to get the vital victory that they so badly desire could well provide punters with a path to profit here.
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