European Qualifying Soccer Picks: Take Germany With Confidence vs. Ireland

Steven Suarez

Monday, October 5, 2015 4:01 PM GMT

Group D is one of the more competitives groups in European Championship Qualifying, and this week's Ireland and Germany should embody that thought. Let's examine the soccer odds closely.

Odds Overview
The Irish will be the ones at home here on Thursday, yet they find themselves labeled as significant underdogs on the soccer odds board. That's just how good Germany is.

Current lines show the Germans favored at -195 on the ML, with an Ireland win available at anywhere from +525 to +600. A draw is at roughly +355.

 

Ireland
As of now, Ireland is in third place in Group D. The Irish have earned 15 points through eight matches, while posting a stellar goal differential of +12 (17 goals scored, five conceded).

Having gone unbeaten over their last four matches in group play, Ireland is in a favorable position, but they need to keep their foot on the gas if they want to move on to the next round of the competition.

 

Germany
The Germans are on top of the group with 19 points, but they've got competitiors right on their tail, namely Poland (just two points back) and these Irish (four points behind). They haven't managed to run away from the pack like some of the other group favorites out there in qualifying.

That being said, Germany has still won three straight in the group stages ahead of this trip to Ireland, and there's a reason they're the firm favorites. 

 

ECQ Pick
We're really excited about this match. We've got one of the most talented international teams, and defending World Cup champions, taking on a gritty Ireland outfit in what should be an outstanding atmosphere in Dublin.

A soccer pick has to be made though, and in the end it's hard to go against the Germans, who have proven time and time again that they're a force to be reckoned with. These nations drew 1-1 in their first meeting, thanks to a last-gasp goal from Ireland's John O'Shea, but this time around we're expecting a win for the favorites. 

Predicted Final Score: Ireland 1 Germany 2

Soccer Pick: Germany -194 at Bookmaker

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