Germany marches steadily towards Brazil 2014
Germany needs a win over Republic of Ireland or avoid defeat to Sweden in the subsequent World Cup qualifying match in order to secure their invitation to Brazil 2014.
Germany have qualified for every FIFA World Cup finals save for the 1930 and 1950 tournament (they withdrew from the former and forbidden entry in the latter) and so it is no surprise that they are on the cusp of yet another finals.
At the start, perennial qualifiers Germany were listed as the sportsbook favourites to dominate Group C action and so they have lived up to their billing with an emphatic 7-1-0 mark for a tally of 22 points – five points ahead of Sweden (second place) and a whopping eleven points ahead of Republic of Ireland (fourth place).
Although Mission Brazil looks to be almost accomplished this next round is going to be critical towards that end. If Republic of Ireland can rise to the occasion and deliver a surprise result against all the soccer odds such as a win or even a draw in Cologne and Sweden beat Austria in Solna we’d have the proverbial spanner thrown into Group C. Germany would then be forced to secure qualification against a very strong Sweden, the only side that managed to take any points off them during the qualifying process when they forced a 4:4 draw in Berlin. In dramatic fashion on a late surge that saw the Swedes reel off four goals in the last thirty minutes, three in 15 minutes and the last in the dying seconds of stoppage time. [Oh to be a fly on the wall in that locker room as Joachim Low must have delivered a right bollocking.]
The duel between Germany and Sweden was always dubbed the crunch matchup of the group and it would only be fitting that the two favourites in Group C decide its outcome. Question is will it come to that? The most likely answer is no. When it matters most teams of Germany’s quality and breeding know how to rise to the occasion and that’s why they hold the only sports betting value in this match.
Germany vs. Republic of Ireland Betting Preview and Predictions
Odds makers send Die Mannschaft into their engagement with Republic of Ireland as the massive favourites at -600 to win outright at Bet365. And to all intents and purposes, Germany look certs to take the win.
Since the lucky escape against Sweden, Germany ran away convincing winners in their subsequent three matches, beating Kazakhstan 4:1 and both Austria and Faroe Islands 3:0 each. Moreover, when these two teams last met in December of last year Germany showed no mercy and handed the Irish a crushing 6:1 defeat.
As such, Republic of Ireland are held as the quintessential long shot pick at +1400 to win outright at Bet365. Since the Irish were unable to prevent defeat on home soil not only is the away win an unlikely outcome but also the draw on the away is seen out of reach, a bet that is listed at large +600 odds.
Soccer Betting Verdict: Germany, who were a match-win away from making the final in South Africa and instead finished in third place, are just too strong a side for Republic of Ireland. There is no way that the Irish can accomplish anything meaningful in this match, save for a respectable defeat – but even that may be unavoidable if the 6-1 defeat were anything to go by.
So Germany at -600 to win outright is the right choice for your soccer picks here albeit not a moneymaker. To add value to this pick, take the Over 2.5 goals at -275. With an invitation to Brazil hanging in the balance expect Germany’s defence be stingy and offense to deliver a blowout win. That’s why we also like Germany to win both halves as well as score many goals and, in turn, maintain a clean sheet as they did in their last two matches.
Soccer Free Picks: Germany to win outright at -600 and Over 2.5 at -275, odds courtesy of Bet365.Bonus Free Picks: Germany to win both halves at -200 and Germany to win by 4+ goals at +200