Northern Ireland will return to competitive action in a must-win game against Switzerland on Wednesday night.
While the visitors will still be targeting the top spot in Group C, victory will be enough to put them on the brink of guaranteeing at least a play-off spot.
A win for the hosts will blow the group wide open, while a win for the Swiss would see them take a stranglehold over proceedings along with European champions Italy.
Northern Ireland do continue to punch above their weight by even having a genuine chance to qualify from groups with far superior sides, but can they beat the Swiss?
Ahead of the game, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of the best bets from Northern Ireland vs Switzerland to get your teeth stuck into.
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland betting tips & predictions
Northern Ireland are 5/1 to win, with Switzerland priced at 8/13 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 13/5.
Prediction: 0-2 (11/2)
Half-Time/Full-Time: Switzerland/Switzerland (13/8)
Switzerland had a successful European Championship campaign, reaching the quarter-finals under Vladimir Petkovic and have cemented themselves into a formidable side.
The Swiss come into this game after beating Greece 2-1 in a friendly before holding European champions Italy to a goalless draw on Sunday - proof that they are among Europe's elite.
First Goalscorer: Haris Seferovic (10/3)
Despite Northern Ireland's recent upturn in form, this is clearly a big upgrade for them against a Swiss team who very rarely taste defeat.
With that said, Benfica hitman Haris Seferovic is the main danger for the Swiss and he is our pick to draw first blood in this one.
Match Result and Under/Over Goals: Switzerland and Under 3.5 Goals (5/4)
Only five of Northern Ireland's last 40 international games have seen four or more goals, while 13 of Switzerland's last 40 have seen four or more.
Eight of Switzerland's last 15 international wins have seen under 3.5 goals, and a fair few of those have come against sides that are much worst defensively than Northern Ireland.
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Northern Ireland team news
Despite making the headlines on Sunday night, Shane Ferguson will likely remain among the replacements, as will forward Kyle Lafferty.
With Paddy McNair serving a one-match suspension, Tom Flanagan could be handed a start in a back three.
Switzerland team news
Denis Zakaria is in line to be handed a recall in midfield, while Remo Freuler is available again after serving a one-match suspension.
Experienced defender Fabian Schar will likely remain on the substitutes’ bench, but forward Andi Zeqiri may be given an opportunity from the start.
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Topics: Switzerland, Football World Cup