Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle believes the Group 8 qualification race will go down to the wire.
World Cup holders Italy are favourites to top the group but Doyle is confident the Irish, Bulgaria and Montenegro will be firmly in the shake-up for South Africa 2010.
The Republic kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 win in Georgia before drawing 0-0 in Montenegro, and Doyle feels they should not be disheartened by any further draws in the hunt for a World Cup berth.
"It's a strong group, I think anyone can take points off anyone," Doyle told Sky Sports News.
"I don't think anyone will run away with it and it will probably go down to the last game.
"We can't be disappointed with draws, we have to take what we can get, and it'll make it a very tight group.
"I reckon there's four teams that can qualify."
New coach Giovanni Trapattoni has renewed confidence within the Republic squad and Doyle is hoping they can move a step nearer World Cup qualification with victory over Cyprus on Wednesday after missing out in 2006.
"It's not disciplined, it's just organised," added the Reading frontman. "We work hard on things like set-pieces and shape. That's what's brought us success over the years.
"There's attention to detail to make sure that when we go out onto the pitch, we know what we're doing."