Germany - Republic of Ireland Betting Preview: Back the free-scoring hosts to cruise to victory

Joachim Low's side have scored an astonishing 23 goals in their last seven matches and our tipster expects the hosts to win both halves against Noel King's side on Friday night
Germany will secure their place at next summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil if they can claim victory against Republic of Ireland when the two sides meet in Koln on Friday night.

Joachim Low’s side need just two points to seal automatic qualification for World Cup 2014 and, with home advantage, the Germans are strong favourites to pick up all three points here.

Germany ran out as emphatic 6-1 winners when these sides met in Dublin last October and Die Mannschaft are priced up at just 1/7 (1.14) with bet365 to enjoy another victory over the Irish here.

Republic of Ireland, of course, are still searching for a permanent manager following Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure in the wake of back-to-back defeats against Sweden and Austria last month, results which effectively ended Irish hopes of reaching next summer’s showpiece event.

Caretaker boss Noel King will take charge of Ireland for Friday’s encounter and the enormity of the task facing the Green Army is reflected in the odds, with an away win chalked up at a massive 16/1 (17.0) with bet365. The same firm go 13/2 (7.50) that the match ends in stalemate.

Joachim Low’s men must contend with a number of injury problems when they face Ireland on Friday but, with a place at World Cup 2014 firmly in their sights, the hosts can still be expected to sweep their opponents aside here.

Germany have scored three or more goals in each of their last seven matches, including international friendlies, and Joachim Low’s side will be confident of adding to their impressive scoring tally against Noel King’s side.

Given Die Mannschaft’s impressive run of form in front of goal, it is perhaps unsurprising to find that bet365 offer just 4/6 (1.67) on the home side scoring three or more goals on Friday night but value is to be found elsewhere.

Should the Germans find their scoring touch once again here, the 10/11 (1.91) quote offered up by bet365 for Joachim Low’s side to win both halves would appear to represent outstanding value and should be backed accordingly.

With Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose both set to sit out of Friday’s clash due to injury, Max Kruse is the only natural striker in the Germany squad and he may be asked to lead the line in Koln.

Therefore, bet365’s 4/1 (5.0) quote for the 25-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach striker to open the scoring may offer value to punters seeking to bag a winner at a bigger price.

                BEST BET                                  VALUE BET
Germany to win both halves at 10/11 (1.91) 2pt stake with bet365 Max Kruse to score first at 4/1 (5.0) 1pt stake with bet365

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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