Northern Ireland v Germany Betting: Low's side to exploit hosts' defensive frailties

Missing a couple of their defensive stalwarts, Al Hain-Cole expects O'Neill's men to struggle to contain the world champions at Windsor Park

Northern Ireland will be hoping to pull off a shock win when they take on Germany in their final World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday.

With a place in the play-offs already confirmed, Michael O’Neill’s men are available at 10/1 (11.00) with Genting to move to within two points of the Group C leaders with one game to go by coming out on top in Belfast.

However, Die Mannschaft have won all eight of their qualification matches so far, and are clear 2/7 (1.29) favourites to maintain that 100 per cent record with another victory here.

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None of the last five encounters between the sides have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 9/2 (5.50) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

While they will obviously fight hard for a chance to top the group and claim automatic qualification, the Green and White Army have already surpassed themselves once again in Group C.

To have claimed a play-off spot with two games to spare is another amazing feat for the team that exceeded expectations at the last European Championship, with this success once again built on a strong defensive foundation.

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The hosts have kept a clean sheet in seven of their eight qualifiers so far, with Joachim Low’s men the only side to breach their backline in a 2-0 victory in Hannover back in October.

However, their chances of keeping their opposition at bay this time have been severely undermined by injuries, with Aaron Hughes ruled out and fellow veteran Gareth McAuley still recovering from the thigh problem that has kept him out for three weeks.

Unbeaten in 46 World Cup qualification matches on the road, odds of 17/20 (1.85) seem generous on Germany taking advantage of their opposition’s defensive problems by coming out on top in a match featuring over 2.5 goals for their ninth consecutive away qualifier.

Germany to win & over 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with Genting
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