It’s another busy day of World Cup 2022 qualifiers on Saturday with both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland in action, while the likes of France and the Netherlands (16/1 – World Cup 2022 Outright) also take to the field this evening.
It has been a dreadful qualifying campaign so far for Ireland, who have lost all three matches and sit second-bottom in Group A, but they will be hoping to chalk up a first victory at home to Azerbaijan at 17:00 (Match Betting – ROI 8/15, Draw 11/4, Azerbaijan 13/2).
Gianni De Biasi’s visitors, who have only won one of their last 12 matches, are also pointless from their three games and they sit bottom of the pool having scored less than the Irish.
Ireland have failed to win on home soil in their previous five attempts and those contests haven’t been classic, with just four goals witnessed during that disappointing run.
Although the Irish should return to winning ways, don’t expect Saturday’s clash to be a free-scoring affair and it could prove prudent to back under 2.5 goals at 4/7.
Scotland are also in action on Saturday when they play host to Moldova in Group F at 19:45 (Scotland 1/7, Draw 13/2, Moldova 22/1 – Match Betting).
The Scots are sitting fourth in the standings, two points behind second-place Israel, while Moldova are rock-bottom with one point to their name.
Although Steve Clarke’s (pictured) men lost 2-0 to Denmark last time out, they have only tasted defeat just once from their last nine home matches and they should have too much for their opponents, who have triumphed just once in their last 22 games.
It should be a simpler task for the Netherlands in Group G when they play host to Montenegro at 19:45. The Dutch outfit are second in their pool, one point behind Turkey, and Louis van Gaal’s side are 5/6 to win to nil.