The Republic of Ireland will be aiming to take a major step towards World Cup qualification when Austria visit the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
Currently level on points with leaders Serbia and four clear of third-placed Wales in their group, Martin O’Neill’s men are available at 13/10 (2.30) to tighten their grip on a place in the top two with victory here.
Having lost in Vienna against this opposition, Das Team are 23/10 (3.30) outsiders to give their qualification chances a much-needed boost by coming out on top in this one.
The sides shared a 2-2 draw when they last met on this ground back in 2013, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them cancelling each other out once again on this occasion.
After being spoken about as potential dark horses prior to Euro 2016 thanks to a qualifying campaign that saw them take 28 points from a possible 30, Marcel Koller’s men have endured a fairly major fall from grace over the past 12 months.
Not only did they crash out at the group stages in France with just one point to their name, David Alaba and Co. are now up against it to even make it the World Cup as they sit four points adrift of the play-off places with only five games left to play.
With a relatively slender 2-0 home victory over Moldova representing their only win in the last six matches, the guests do not appear likely to kickstart their campaign as they travel to Dublin with a severely depleted squad.
Injuries to Marko Arnautovic, Marcel Sabitzer and captain Marc Janko means Koller is without the players responsible for seven of the nine goals his team have mustered in the course of the last seven matches.
Without them, it is difficult to see the Austrians causing too much trouble for the Boys in Green, who have conceded just once in their previous four competitive matches and are on a high following last weekend’s impressive friendly victory over Uruguay.
All things considered, those 13/10 (2.30) odds seem very generous on Ireland extending their eight-game unbeaten home run with a sixth win in nine competitive matches in the capital.