As the international break draws to a close this Tuesday, World Cup winners Germany will be looking to get their campaign back on track against an in form Republic of Ireland side.
Live on Sky Sports 5 at 7:45PM here are our free football betting tips.
It's certainly not been the most exciting few days by footballing standards, but there have been a few shocks nevertheless. Spain lost to Slovakia, Russia drew with Moldova, but perhaps the most surprising result recently was the German's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Poland on Saturday. Now I would be doing the Polish a disservice by saying they didn't deserve to win, but even their most loyal supporter would have to admit they rode their luck as well.
The Germans dominated possession and chalked up 29 shots in the game along with 6 corners – Poland managed only five shots with no corners. If this was a match on the Xbox, there would have been some smashed controllers.
However, Saturday's result was certainly in keeping with the German's chequered form since lifting the World Cup. Joachim Lowe's men have actually lost two out of three games since this summer's triumph, conceding seven goals in the process.
To put this in perspective, they only leaked four goals in seven matches during the World Cup. Maybe it's complacency, some experienced faces retiring, or a mixture of both. Germany can ill afford to concede any more ground in what's shaping up to be a tight qualifying group.
In contrast trust to their opponents, the Republic of Ireland are in fine form with three wins in their last three outings – albeit against the two weakest nations in the group. However, you can only beat what's put in front of you and the Irish have certainly done that.
Although, the 2-1 away to Georgia was a close run affair, Saturday's 7-0 drubbing of Gibraltar was anything but. However, if I was playing devil's advocate, the final score should have been far more flattering than it was. Whether it's extending their lowly opponents a little professional courtesy or not, having been 7-0 up after 56 minutes, there was still plenty of time to add to their tally.
Despite their recent shortcomings, the bookies still have the German's as heavy favourites for Tuesday's encounter at a best priced 3/10. Ireland can be backed at a huge 11/1 with the draw on offer at 5/1.
Considering Martin O' Neil's men have drawn three of their last four away games in Italy, Poland and Costa Rica, Germany could be in for a very frustrating night. However, we are of course talking about the World Cup holders and the two sides actually met this time last year in a 3-0 German win, so I still don't quite sniff an upset here.
At odds of 3/10 though, you're not getting much value in backing the home side outright. Although I'm tempted to suggest a German win to nil, their recent defensive frailties do worry me. After all, an early Irish goal would consign your bet to the scrap heap. Therefore, back the draw at half time and Germany to be winning at full time at 16/5 with William Hill.
Moving into the goalscoring markets, with Thomas Muller and the usual suspects trading around even money, you're going to have to dive a little deeper into the betting pool. Considering Germany have been leaking a few goals and Robbie Keane is fresh off an 18 minute hat-trick, the Irish captain is well priced at 10/3 to score anytime. However, being a bit of a glutton for odds, I would be far more inclined to back Keane scoring in a German win at 6/1 with William Hill. One thing about this Irish attack is that they do have a lot of pace with Keane, James McLean and Aiden McGeady. Judging by the way Angel Di Maria tore the Germans apart a couple of months ago, the counter attack will certainly be a viable option for the Republic of Ireland.
Finally, for little bit of an outside bet in the goalscoring market. German centre-back Mats Hummels had an excellent World Cup recently and proved a frequent nuisance from set pieces. The Burussia Dortmund man even managed to notch twice in the six games he played. With the tricky trio of Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle likely to cause plenty of problems, expect lots of Irish fouls to break up the play. With this in mind, back Hummels to score anytime at 15/2 with Bet365.
Germany v Ireland Betting Tips
Draw HT – Germany Full Time – Bet Here at 16/5 with William Hill
Robbie Keane To Score and Germany To Win – Bet Here at 6/1 with William Hill
Matt Hummels to Score Anytime – Bet Here at 15/2 with Bet365
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