Northern Ireland v Germany Betting Tips
For many fans, international football isn’t a patch on the domestic scene. England fans, for example, have become especially jaded with the performances of their team and often prefer to watch the Premier League.
That’s not quite the case in Northern Ireland.
It’s been a wonderful few years for the Green and White Army under manager Michael O’Neill. Northern Ireland qualified for Euro 2016 and are en route to repeat the trick for the 2018 World Cup having a guaranteed second place in Group C.
They’re not, however, guaranteed of a place in the playoffs as one second-placed side will be eliminated. That means Northern Ireland still have work to do in their remaining two fixtures, starting with Germany’s trip to Windsor Park on Thursday night.
World Champions Starting to Find Top Gear
Despite winning all eight of their qualifying games and needing just one point to guarantee their place at the World Cup, Germany have only started playing their best football relatively recently.
By winning the Confederations Cup last summer with what was pretty much a second string squad, Joachim Löw demonstrated that there is a massive amount of talent at his disposal. However, having that talent and utilising it are two different things.
Although results have been good for Germany, it was only in the recent win over Norway that they clicked into top gear. Timo Werner and Thomas Muller may not be the best options for Germany on paper but they certainly provided balance with the midfield that resulted in a thumping 6-0 victory.
It’s typical of Germany team to peak at the right time and while Northern Ireland will offer more resistance than Norway did, it’s hard to see Löw’s men getting anything other than three points at Windsor Park. So, make sure to back Germany at 3/10 with Unibet.
Windsor Park Atmosphere No Match for Defensive Short Comings
The job that Michael O’Neill has done with Northern Ireland is so impressive that he is sure to get an opportunity to manage in the Premier League as and when he opts for a change.
Not only has he managed to get things right from a tactical level but he’s leveraged the wonderful atmosphere at Windsor Park to make Northern Ireland a very difficult side to beat at home.
Aaron Hughes: Northern Ireland defender a doubt for Germany World Cup qualifier https://t.co/uEALEeGfX8— BBC News NI (@BBCNewsNI) October 1, 2017
The grand old stadium will be rocking come kickoff once again on Thursday night but that sort of atmosphere can only do so much, especially given the injury problems that O’Neill is having to deal with.
Gareth McAuley is not yet at full fitness while Aaron Hughes is almost certain to miss through injury. Germany are not the opposition to face when you’re weak at the back so Northern Ireland will have to score to get anything out of the game.
That could provide an entertaining game so take the 4/6 that Coral are quoting on over 2.5 goals. Both teams to score also looks good value at 13/10 with William Hill.
Werner and Brunt Look the Value Goalscorers
If Northern Ireland are to make it through the playoff round of qualifying and make a decent fist of it at the World Cup they’ll need a reliable source of goals.
O’Neill has tended to play with Conor Washington as his main forward while Will Grigg and Kyle Lafferty will both believe they’ve got what it takes to force their way into the starting XI. However, Northern Ireland’s most important player from an attacking perspective could well be Chris Brunt.
The versatile West Brom player delivers a deadly set-piece and he can also score from distance. He looks the most likely player to score against Germany at 12/1 Bet365.
For Germany, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is the most likely to do the damage against Northern Ireland. The 21-year-old is still learning the game but he’s developing fast and looks decent value to score at evens with Betfair.