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Joachim Low’s men will be gunning for an outright victory over Noel King’s side for a place at the 2014 World Cup

Germany will be desperate to secure an early World Cup ticket when they welcome Ireland to Cologne on Friday night.

The Germans were 6-1 winners when both sides met in Dublin last October and should Low’s side come out on top then victory would see die Mannschaft  through to next year’s World Cup. They are favourites at 1/6 (1.16) with Ladbrokes to collect maximum points before home fans.

However, the Irish men who are still searching for a permanent manager following Giovanni Trapattoni’s exit after back-to-back defeats to Sweden and Austria are underdogs going into this clash. They are available at 14/1 (15.00) to shock the Germans while the draw is a 6/1 (7.00) play with the same bookies.

Germany have scored three or more goals in each of their last seven matches, including international friendlies, and Low’s men will be confident of adding to their impressive scoring tally. Giving this impressive run of form in front of goal, it is perhaps unsurprising to find that Ladbrokes offer just 21/20 (2.05) on the home side going goal crazy between 2-3 goals.

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.

Ladbrokes is offering the 25-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach striker to open the scoring at odds of 7/2 (4.50) while Marco Reus and Thomas Muller are tied at 5/1 (6.00) to score first on Friday night.

Punters seeking for a bigger price should back total goals over 2.5 4/11 (1.36), a bet which stands out in this fixture.

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