Russia hopes its dependable away form can carry it through to qualification for the 2012 European Championship.

Four teams can still finish top of Group B, though Russia has a two-point cushion over closest challenger Republic of Ireland going into the final two matches.

Russia will guarantee top spot with victory at Slovakia on Friday, and Dick Advocaat's team has not lost a qualifying match away from home so far in the group.

Advocaat acknowledges his team is ''favorite'' to clinch progression.

Any slip-up by the Russians could let in Republic of Ireland, which visits Andorra on Friday, while Armenia and Slovakia retain hopes if they can close with wins.