BETTING PREVIEW: Ireland's crunch qualifier against Germany
This week is absolutely massive for Ireland.
Our qualification hopes are in our own hands, so if we pick up one win from our games against Germany and Poland, then we are guaranteed at least third spot. First up is the Germans on Thursday evening.
The away side come into this game on the back of five straight wins and are at a short priced at 1/2 to make it six in a row. The reverse fixture in Gelsenkirchen saw John O'Shea's last gasp goal salvage a draw for us.
A repeat 1-1 result is priced at 8-1, while a draw of any sort can be backed at 10/3.
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There's no doubt Ireland are up against it and wins against opposition of this standard are rare, nonetheless we may as well entertain the idea of an Irish win. It is priced at 11/2.
In terms of the first goalscorer market, Thomas Muller is an obvious starting point. The Bayern player got two goals against Scotland in Germany's last game and is on serious form going into this game.
He is priced at 10/3 to get the opening goal.
Not many people will forget Robbie Keane's last minute goal against the Germans when the sides played in 2002. The LA Galaxy striker isn't even guaranteed a starting spot this time around, but he remains our biggest goal threat.
He is priced at 8/1 to score the first goal. John O'Shea is 66/1 to take up where he left off and get the first goal.
Putting our loyalties aside, it's unlikely Ireland will get anything from this game. The Germans are on a run and there's been very little in our campaign thus far that would suggest we can defeat a team of their calibre.
Our bet for the game is Thomas Muller to score and Germany to win 2-0. It's priced at 22/1, so not a bad little payout, should it come in.
Even if you get it wrong, Ladbrokes are offering a money back on all losing bets if both teams score. Perfect!