Germany vs Northern Ireland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
It doesn’t appear that anyone would want to run into Germany at the moment the mood that they have been in out of the blocks in World Cup 2018. They have beaten both Norway and the Czech Republic by a 3-0 scoreline in their two matches and that means that Northern Ireland’s defence is going to come under some heavy pressure on Tuesday night in Hannover. These two met at Euro 2016 and the Irish lost 1-0 but they shipped a lot of chances in that match against a rampant Germany side. Will Die Mannschaft be more clinical this time around?
The Germans may well be. They have scored 3-0 wins over Norway and the Czech Republic so far in their qualification group and it has all been done with consummate ease as well. Germany have actually scored three or more goals in five of their last seven qualification matches for major tournaments, so they are aren’t likely to ease off in this one. While the Germans only took a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, there were more than enough chances for them in that game to win easily, but they just didn’t bring their shooting boots to the party. The last time that they played hosts to Northern Ireland was during Euro 2000 qualifying, and the Germans won that 4-0.
Germany, who have lost just one of their last six games (against France at Euro 2016) are a quote of 8/15 to win to nil in this meeting and that looks to be a bit of a banker. Thomas Muller has been flying, with a brace in each of his two World Cup 2018 qualifying games so far and the Bayern Munich man can be backed at a price of 4/6 to hit the back of the net against the Irish. Mario Gotze is an 11/10 option to net. Germany to go out and win this one by a margin of three goals will return you a price of 10/3, while them winning by three or more goals will fetch you a price of 10/11. So that appears to be around the right margin to be looking at. Germany have scored eight unanswered goals in three games this season (two qualifiers, one friendly).
Germany have shipped just the one goal in their last four games against Northern Ireland, so it’s hard to see what kind of impact the Irish are going to have in this game in Hannover. Northern Ireland opened their qualification campaign with a point on the road at the Czech Republic, which may give them a bit of confidence going into this one, but then they only have to look at what Germany did against the Czechs on the weekend. Northern Ireland put a routine 4-0 win on the board over San Marino on the weekend, but with Kyle Lafferty at 6/1 in the anytime goalscorer market, it goes to show how difficult this game is likely to be for the visitors. Going back to that Euro 2016 clash between the two, Northern Ireland only managed one shot in the entire game and took just 21% of possession. You get the feeling that they are going to need the performance of a lifetime to avoid defeat in this one.
Germany vs Northern Ireland Odds
Germany 1/7, Draw 13/2, Northern Ireland 16/1
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Germany vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips
This is just going to be a matter of whether or not the Irish defence can hold out for 90 minutes and the consensus is that it probably won’t. Germany have been fluid, confident and hungry so far and they are not likely to take their foot off the gas with things going so well. They are likely to win to nil in this one and another 3-0 correct score offering should have some appeal to punters.