When Northern Ireland bat Ukraine last week, it gave Michael O’Neil’s men a slight glimmer of hope in qualifying for the knockout stages. Now the small matter beating the current world champions stands in their way.
Die Manschaft have not been at their mouth-watering best in opening two matches. Noisy neighbours Poland held them to a bore draw, after they had cruised past a poorly organized Ukraine side. The Northern Irish will take heart from their triumph over Ukraine and will go into this pivotal clash full of confidence maybe even feeling the can nick a point.
It’s difficult to believe that such an enormous underdog to prove the world wrong and carry out an astonishing shock. But the bookies do give them some hope. 16/1 the odds. Meanwhile Germany fetch just 3/10, hardly worth the walk down town!
Your probably best off combining a German win with the number of goals you think will be scored in the match. For example: A Germany win and under 3.5 goals fetches 3/4. While a goal fest of 4 goals or over will give you odds of 11/4.
After a mediocre first performance Spain turned it around in their penultimate group game and taught Turkey a harsh lesson. The lack of a goal poaching striker is an issue for both sides and could be their downfall in the latter stages.
Bastian Schweinsteiger may be given a start in order to prove his fitness after his dramatic late goal against Ukraine. He is 6/1 to get on the scoresheet at selected bookies. Although the future does look bleak for the Northern Irish, they have been a threat from set pieces. Veteran defender Gareth MacAuley proved this last time out and 24/1 to double his tally for the tournament.
Safe Bet – Germany win and under 3.5 goals 3/4
Long Shot – Gareth MacAuley to score 24/1
|Manuel Neuer||Michael McGovern|
|Jonas Hector||Paddy McNair|
|Jonathan Tah||Gareth MacAuley|
|Jerome Boateng||Jonny Evans|
|Benedikt Howedes||Conor McLaughlin|
|Bastian Schweinsteiger||Steven Davis|
|Julien Weigl||Corry Evans|
|Andre Schurrle||Oliver Norwood|
|Julian Draxler||Stuart Dallas|
|Mario Gotze||Niall McGinn|
|Mario Gomez||Conor Washington|
All odds correct at time of publishing, Odds found at Oddschecker.com