The UEFA Nations League qualification from League B Group 1 begins on Saturday when Armenia and Republic of Ireland do battle. The other two teams to feature in this group are Scotland and Ukraine.
Armenia come into the game on the back of an absolute hiding in a recent friendly going 9-0 to Norway. It means they have lost four of their last five and won just one of their previous 11.
Republic of Ireland will be looking to build on some recent good form including a 1-0 defeat of Lithania in a recent friendly. It stretches their unbeaten run to eight in all competitions winning four of these.
These sides have met twice before during the 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign. On those two occasions the Republic of Ireland won both meetings 2-1 at home and 1-0 on the road.
Aremnia vs Republic of Ireland : Match Stats
Both teams to score looks the bet here as both sides will have identified the other as the weakest link in the group. Three of the last five Armenia home matches have also seen this happen. The Republic are showing a new goalscoring edge having netted at least once in seven of their last eight.
It is hard to know how the visitors will line up but last out then favoured two fast wide players alongside striker Will Keane. One of these players was Chiedozie Ogbene and at 3/1 the Rotherham man looks on the generous side to score at any time given the attacking positions he will occupy.
Armenia vs Republic of Ireland: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Armenia 1-1 Republic of Ireland
11 October 2011- Republic of Ireland 2-1 Armenia- Euro Champs Qualifier
3 September 2010- Armenia 0-1 Republic of Ireland- Euro Champs Qualifier
These sides have met only twice before this century and both meetings came in qualification for Euro 2012. The Republic of Ireland won both these battles but it is hard to read too much into fixtures that took place in 2010 and 2011.