The Republic of Ireland will have to lose their slow-starters tag if they are to boost their chances of qualifying for Euro 2012 with an away victory in Armenia.
Ireland have not reached the European Championship finals since 1988 and have done themselves no favours early on in qualifying when trying to make the latter stages in both 2004 and 2008.
On both occasions they fell to defeat in their opening two qualifiers and are 9/2 to lose in Armenia.
However, their away form has been solid in recent times as they are unbeaten in their last eight games on the road, although six of these games have finished in a draw.
They are 4/6 to win in Armenia and 5/2 to continue to build on their high percentage of draws.
Robbie Keane was Ireland’s top scorer during their World Cup qualifying campaign and is 7/2 to break the deadlock against Armenia.
Although the home side have as good as no chance of qualifying for Euro 2012, they have the capabilities of making it difficult for teams coming to Armenia.
This is something that Belgium discovered during the qualifying stages for this year’s World Cup when they lost 2-1 in Armenia.
Furthermore, in the last eight games that Ireland have scored, they have found the target for the first time in the opening half.
They are available at 8/5 to be winning at half-time and full-time and 12/5 to score more goals in the first half than they manage in the second.
This is the first ever competitive meeting between Armenia and the Republic of Ireland. See the complete match betting market.