Kick off: Tuesday 7.45pm
4 goals down. Away from home. Without their 2 first choice centre-backs. There are few positives for Estonia ahead of their trip to Dublin this midweek.
The Irish all but banished any nightmares from their previous qualifying attempts with a resounding victory in Tallinn that sets up a party (as if any excuse was needed!) for the boys in green in Dublin on Tuesday night.
Qualification will be all but a formality and I expect Trapattoni’s men to sign-off in style with a comfortable win in this one. A dour 0-0 draw at home to Slovakia was the only occasion they failed to score at home in Group B, in fcat they’ve netted in 7 of their 9 home matches in the past 12 months. They’ll fancy another goal or two in this one and I fancy them to score 2 or more at 8/15 with SkyBet.
Qualification being a fore-gone conclusion makes it a trick betting heat and almost renders the result meaningless so don’t get sucked into the 4/9 widely available on the home win.
Instead look to the goalscorer market where LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane can be backed at 1/1 (Ladbrokes) to add to his tally of 53 goals by scoring at anytime. Like on Friday he’ll be on the penalties so chances of him scoring yet again look reasonable.