IRELAND host minnows the Faroe Islands in Dublin (7.45) as they try to challenge for a runners-up position and a chance of the play-offs.
Group C contains Germany so all other teams are chasing their heels.
The Irish are battling away as usual but seem to lack the quality and team spirit of the last few years.
They are in a really tough group and sit joint second after five games. Since their awful showing in Euro 2012 Ireland have had a mixed bag of results.
While five wins, four draws and three defeats seems like a decent return they have only managed to beat one side of note in Poland.
Wins over Oman, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan will impress few people. With 20 goals scored and 13 conceded in that straightforward run of games it shows a weakness in the Ireland side.
Germany walloped them 6-1 in Dublin and Serbia outplayed them for long parts of their 0-0 draw. The limited nature of the Irish squad is highlighted by the replacements brought into this game after the withdrawals of Paul Green, Kevin Doyle and Anthony Pilkington.
Stephen Quinn makes his first squad for six years, Richard Dunne may make a rare start and Robbie Keane is given leave from the MLS to feature.
Ireland battled hard and matched England in the 1-1 draw at Wembley. They then hammered a disinterested Georgia 4-0 at the weekend, although it must be pointed out they did have a man advantage for the majority of the game.
Faroe Islands are another side simply making up the numbers in international football. As proof they have lost the last eight games and 17 of the last 20. In the run of eight defeats they only managed three goals yet conceded 25.
Faroes do not tend to help themselves as they hardly play any close rivals in friendlies.
The Faroes have few recognised players and although some play in neighbouring Scandanavian nations almost half the side is from HB Torshavn and they have little success outside the Islands.
This should be a comfortable win for the Republic of Ireland in a match that is very one-sided. Faroes will pack the entire side behind the ball for 90 minutes and defend for their lives.
Ireland will attack staunchly and should score a few unanswered goals here. The odds are short as you would expect so we need to look at the high handicaps for any value.
Republic of Ireland minus 2.5 is the best line at 1.83 (bet365) with Keane back and already among the goals. He will be itching for a start here to guarantee himself of a goal or two but over 3.5 and over 4.5 offer better odds and are worth a look too.
Over 3.5 match goals @ 10/11
Over 4.5 match goals @ 9/4