Euro 2016 qualifying movers and shakers: Are Germany sure things?

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The last week has been an extravaganza of international football, with nations all over Europe looking to continue their qualification campaign for Euro 2016 in the best possible way.

But for World Cup winners Germany, it wasn’t the best of seven days.

A first ever defeat to Poland on Friday was followed by a draw against Ireland last night, as John O’Shea grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for Martin O’Neill’s men.

Subsequently there have been some big shifts in the betting for Group D’s winner.

Joachim Loew’s side looked nailed on to top the group at 1/10 just a week ago, but with their one point haul far from satisfactory, they have been pushed out to 2/9 to come out ahead of the rest.

Poland picked up four points over the break, and have strengthened from 10/1 to 11/2, while the Boys in Green are 8/1 from 12/1.

Scotland boss, Gordon Strachan, who stated the group “will go down to the last day”, will be pleased with their unbeaten week and his side are now 16/1 from 25/1 to cause a shock.

In fact, every one of the home nations have seen their odds shorten after successful weeks for the United Kingdom.

Despite the unimpressive nature of the two victories, England’s six point haul, coupled with surprise results elsewhere in the group caused Roy’s Boys to shorten into 1/9 from 1/4 for Group E superiority.

Northern Ireland’s dream 100 per cent start to qualifying continued with a shock 2-0 victory over Greece in Piraeus. In what is a very open group, Michael O’Neill’s side have gone from 11/1 shots, to 9/2 second favourites to come out ahead of the likes of Romania, Hungary and Finland.

Finally, while a win against Cyprus and a goalless draw in Bosnia may not sound that impressive, a solid week for Wales saw them clipped from 14/1 to 12/1 to claim Group B.

So with all the home nations flying, who knows, we could see a full house of representatives in France in two year’s time.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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