Republic of Ireland's World Cup 2018 qualification destiny remains firmly in their own hands ahead of Tuesday's crucial Group D game against Serbia in Dublin.
Despite a disappointing draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday evening, Martin O'Neill's men know that victory in each of their final three matches will assure the Irish of top spot in Group D - and put the Boys in Green on the road to Russia for next summer's showpiece.
Ireland have a strong home record; indeed, O'Neill's outfit are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive home fixtures and the hosts can be backed at 37/20 (2.85) with Betsafe to further extend that impressive record with another vital victory at Aviva Stadium.
Serbia, though, will arrive in Dublin in confident mood after cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory against Moldova in Belgrade on Saturday evening; Slavoljub Muslin's side will be within touching distance of a place at next summer's tournament should they win this one and Betsafe make the visitors a 8/5 (2.60) shot to deliver in Dublin.
The previous meeting between these teams in Group D ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Serbian capital and Betsafe go 43/20 (3.15) that both teams settle for a share of the spoils once again.
Ireland grabbed an early goal at the weekend in Tbilisi and Betsafe offer 49/20 (3.45) that O'Neill's team hold a half time lead here, while the same firm offer a chunky 12/5 (3.40) that there are, at least, two goals scored before the break - a selection that would have landed in Ireland's match in the Georgian capital at the weekend.
Defensive discipline has been a key part of Ireland's success under O'Neill so far and, in fact, the Boys in Green have kept a clean sheet in no fewer than nine of their last 11 victories; Betsafe go 16/5 (4.20) that Ireland win to nil.
Serbia, however, possess plenty of power in the final third of the pitch; Muslin's side have scored in each of their last 10 competitive matches and they will certainly fancy their chances of adding to that tally here, for Ireland have conceded in each of their last five fixtures.
Betsafe go 17/5 (4.40) that Serbia score in both halves, while the 49/50 (1.98) quote offered up by the odds compilers for goals to be scored at both ends could well prove popular with punters ahead of this crucial World Cup qualifier.
With so much at stake, the goals could flow and backing more than two goals to be scored at 7/5 (2.40) with Betsafe may put punters on a path to profit ahead of Tuesday's tussle in Dublin.
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