The money has started to come for Russia ahead of this crunch Euro 2012 qualifier and the home side are Dick Advocaat’s are likely to be the subject of further support when the teams are announced and punters realise how depleted the Irish squad has been by suspensions and injuries.
The best odds about a home win is 4/5 (Stan James – £150 free bets), with the Russians sitting top of Group B going into the match in Moscow after a 1-0 win over Macedonia on Friday night – Igor Semshov was on hand to score the winner just before half-time.
Russia will face a Republic team missing Shane Long, Sean St Ledger, Kevin Kilbane and John O’Shea, while Aidan McGeady also looks like a doubt for the match with an injury.
Ireland seemed to run out of steam during Friday’s goalless draw against Slovakia and did need to produce some last-ditch defending to deny their visitors three points, although Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne both had excellent chances for Trapattoni’s team.
The visitors are 4/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to claim victory in this game and they know that it is now or never if they are to land top spot in the qualifying group, while a defeat would leave them staring at third place.
Semshov is a 12/1 chance to open the scoring again, while Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko remains on the books at White Hart Lane and can be backed at 11/2.