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Giovanni Trapattoni's side's preparations have been hit by injury and Willie Duncan is expecting Joachim Low's men to take advantage by picking up all three points

Republic of Ireland scraped past Kazakhstan last month to get their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign off to a winning start but Giovanni Trapattoni’s men know that they will need to produce an improved performance if they are to pick up another three points when they play host to Joachim Low’s Germany on Friday night.

Ireland boast a proud home record having lost just four of their last 44 home World Cup qualifiers but, with injuries to several key players hampering Irish hopes, Paddy Power offer a chunky 13/2 (7.50) for Trapattoni’s men to upset the Germans.

Die Mannschaft will come into this match feeling supremely confident, having conceded just a miserly two goals in their last nine World Cup qualification matches while Low’s men have not dropped a point in a qualifying for a major tournament since October 2009.

Subsequently, Germany are rated as warm favourites at 4/9 (1.44) with Paddy Power to maintain their impressive record with victory at Aviva Stadium.

The same firm offer 16/5 (4.20) that the match ends in a draw.

Trapattoni's side were comfortable 4-1 winners over Oman in a friendly last month but, excluding that victory, Ireland have managed just six goals in their last nine matches and without striker Kevin Doyle, the shot-shy Boys in Green may struggle to trouble Low’s solid side.

With that in mind, Paddy Power’s 5/4 (2.25) quote for Germany (-1) in the handicap market offers considerable appeal while the 13/10 (2.30) offered up by the same firm for Germany to win to nil is worth backing here.

It is worth noting, though, that just one of Germany's last 11 matches has been won by a margin greater than two goals –  a 3-0 victory over minnows Faroe Islands last month – so a narrow win for the visitors looks to be a sensible play.

A 1-0 win for Die Mannschaft is available at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power while the same firm also go 11/2 (6.50) that the visitors grab a 2-0 victory over their injury-hit hosts and that looks to be the value selection here.

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Germany to win to nil at 13/10 (2.30) with Paddy Power
Germany to win 2-0 at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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