Ireland will be hoping the European Championship qualifiers can throw up one more surprise result when they travel to Gelsenkirchen to face world champions Germany.
Martin O’Neill’s side are in decent form coming into this clash with three straight wins but the visitors are still a massive 10/1 to cause an upset at the Veltins-Arena.
Germany, despite defeat to Poland, are the 1/4 favourites to take all three points with the draw available at 4/1 with Ladbrokes but Oliver Yew has searched further afield and come up with three alternative bets on this crucial clash.
There’s no denying Germany have stalled since winning the World Cup in Brazil three months ago and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Poland has only strengthened that belief.
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has warned of a German backlash and it is certainly something to be worried about but the Boys in Green have been in good form of late with three straight wins.
The World Cup winners will provide much more of a test for Martin O’Neill’s side but we are backing them for success, albeit with a +2 handicap.
If Germany are to bounce back in style at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen it won’t be without Ireland finding the net.
Since the retirements of Philip Lahm and Per Mertesacker the German defence has looked vulnerable, conceding seven goals in just three matches.
Therefore back the Germans to win but Ireland to following the footsteps of Argentina, Scotland and Poland and find the back of the net.
It was a bad night at the office for Germany in Warsaw but they still posses plenty of quality to snap out of their post-World Cup slump.
And one man who can help that process is Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller.
The 25-year-old, who has 24 goals in 59 appearances for his country, fired two in his side’s close 2-1 win victory over Scotland and can put in a repeat performance against Ireland.
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