Goals may be at a premium at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday when it will be difficult to see anything but a narrow victory for Republic of Ireland against Austria.
Both teams qualified for Euro 2016 but Austria do not appear to have got over their disappointing displays in France when they failed to win any of their group games.
They have accrued only seven points from their first five World Cup qualifiers and currently sit fourth in Group D.
Martin O’Neill’s side ground out a 1-0 win in Vienna in November 2016 and another single-goal victory for Ireland is not beyond the realms of possibility. It can be backed at 19/4.
Ireland have won three and drawn two of their qualifying matches to date but have only scored seven goals in those five games, conceding just three – and two of those came in a 2-2 draw against group leaders Serbia in Belgrade last September.
O’Neill will be without Everton’s injured Seamus Coleman but the defence is very mean and looks good value at 29/20 to keep another clean sheet on Sunday.
James McClean has scored Ireland’s last three goals in the qualifying campaign, including the winner in Vienna, and is 29/10 to score at any time this weekend but there may be more value in backing Wes Hoolahan at 4/1 in this market.
Ireland have prospered since they exceeded expectations at Euro 2016 when they beat Italy and handed hosts France a fright before eventually losing 2-1.
In contrast Marcel Koller‘s Austria side have failed to impress in the last 12 months and have been held to friendly draws by Finland and Slovakia recently. The best they may be able to expect in Dublin is a draw, which can be backed at 43/20.
The odds on there being under 1.5 goals in the match looks too good to ignore at 8/5.
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