Punters losing faith in Ireland World Cup hopes

Ireland have received a boost in the build-up to Saturday's World Cup playoff first leg in Denmark with left-back Stephen Ward returning to full training after a knee injury, but punters are backing the Danes to win.

When the playoff-round draw was made, Denmark were available at evens to win the first leg but they have shortened to just 3-4.

The Danes' to-qualify price has been cut from 8-11 to 4-6 this week, while Ireland have been eased from 13-10 to 11-8 to reach the finals in Russia.

There is still a fitness concern over Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick, who missed training on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

David Moyes gave his first interview as West Ham manager on Wednesday and praised the quality of the players he has inherited from Slaven Bilic.

However, West Ham have a relegation battle ahead of them are no bigger than 9-4 for a bottom-three finish - only Swansea and Crystal Palace are shorter in the betting.

Match in Focus


Sociedad v Levante

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Levante have won one of their last 14 fixtures
Expert verdict
Sociedad started the weekend as the fourth-highest scorers in La Liga and their attacking prowess can give them the advantage against fellow strugglers Levante. The free-scoring Basques were 5-0 victors at home to Deportivo in their last home league game and can produce another big performance to avoid any chat about a relegation scrap.



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