Four teams can still win Group B, although Slovakia look as though they have shot themselves in the foot after a 4-0 drubbing at home to Armenia last time out, something which leaves them needing to beat Russia on Friday night.
The Republic entertain Armenia in Dublin next Tuesday although first up is a Friday night clash at the Estadi Comunal where Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are massive favourites to claim three points against a side that have lost all eight of their previous games.
The best odds about the away win is 1/12 (William Hill – £30 free bets), with Ireland having beaten Andorra 3-1 thirteen months ago in a one-sided match, although there will be some nerves on display until the visitors have broken the deadlock.
There will be lots of talk from the Irish camp about doing a professional job and the manager has to consider the best strike partnership, with Shane Long at 3/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to get the first goal following a bright start for new club West Brom.
Robbie Keane will travel across from Los Angeles for the match, with Kevin Doyle also looking to get the nod and a confident display will give the Republic some momentum going into that crunch Armenia game.
Andorra have nothing to lose from trying to attack their opponents and you can get odds of 50/1 that they pull off an almighty shock by winning on Friday night, while the draw is a 12/1 shot.