Germany continued their perfect qualifying record on Friday evening with a 2-1 victory over Romania, yet the win was not without problems for Joachim Low.
Indeed, it needed an 88th-minute goal from Mats Hummels to secure the three points, and there were a few eyebrows raised at Germany's extremely attacking starting XI.
With a three-man defence and Toni Kroos as the deepest midfielder, Germany had plenty of options going forward, yet without the ball the world champions struggled to impose themselves on the game at times.
Fortunately for Low, Germany will expect to have the majority of possession at home to Norway and as such, should be able to cause the visitors plenty of problems.
The goal that Germany conceded in Romania on Friday evening was only the second they have let in during the whole qualifying campaign, and at home Low's side have won all three games they have played to nil.
A repeat is offered at just 8/13 (1.61) although a slightly more intelligent way of backing a comfortable home victory could be in the handicap market. The hosts are priced at 4/9 (1.44) to win by two goals or more, and at an appealing 21/20 (2.05) to win by three goals or more.
This bet paid out when the sides met last September and Norway are far from prolific in front of goal. The Scandinavians have netted just once in their last four World Cup qualifiers on the road, and in the current campaign they are yet to pick up a point away from home losing at Azerbaijan, Czech Republic and Northern Ireland.
Germany have won all seven of their qualifiers for Russia 2018, and they should extend that run to eight without too many problems against a poor Norway side with nothing but pride to play for.
In an extremely one-sided market, backing the hosts to win with a -2 handicap looks like the most sensible way of investing in a German victory.
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