Ireland play host to Moldova on Friday in a game Martin O’Neil’s team simply need to win in order to keep their hopes of competing for a place in the World Cup.
Republic of Ireland sit third in Group D, a point behind second-placed Wales and huge five points behind leaders Serbia.
Without a win in their last three qualifiers, Ireland need a swift return to winning ways and what better way to do that than with a compelling win over bottom dwellers Moldova at the Aviva Stadium.
The Moldovan national team heads into the final two qualifiers without a single win and on the back of successive defeats. Having conceded 20 goals in eight games and scored only 8, Moldova are not exactly a force to be reckoned with and Martin O’Neil’s men are expected to pull off a clean-cut victory.
James McCarthy is the only selection doubt for the home side who will nevertheless have their strongest squad to choose from.
Ireland need to win this match and to do it in style before heading over to Wales for the final qualifier on Monday. This is exactly why we feel a comprehensive win would not only bring crucial three points but also be a vital morale boost ahead of the key clash against the neighbours.
Betfair and Paddy Power both have Ireland at 10/11 to win both halves and that’s the best value bet you’ll find on the hosts to be honest.