Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle is indulging in a spot of Stamford Bridge moonlighting as Germany visit Poland in clash that will have a major say in shaping not only their respective Euro 2016 fates, but those of the Republic of Ireland and Scotland too.
The Blues’ wide forward started for Joachim Low as Die Mannschaft opened their account in the section with victory over an enterprising Scottish side and the incisiveness he offers could prove pivotal once more in a tight tussle that’s the basis of one of today’s best bets.
Poland v Germany – under 2.5 goals @ 6/5
The visitors know all about long-standing Bundesliga goal machine Robert Lewandowski and will doubtless devote a good deal of elbow grease to shutting off his supply lines.
Even with a panoply of attacking resources such as those available to coach Low, this will be to the detriment of their assault on Wojciech Szczesny’s goal.
It’s a diversion that can help this fixture play into the hands of unders bettors, who trousered the loot when the sides played out a 0-0 in Germany before the World Cup.
Five of Poland’s previous six home games have also produced two strikes or fewer, suggesting Schurrle and friends could be in for a grind.
Romania to beat Hungary @ 3/4 NAP
Victor Piturca’s hosts are sure to be bouncing after prising three away points from the notoriously miserly fists of the Greeks on their Group F bow and the sight of a familiar foe will do little to dent their mood.
A little over a year ago they despatched the Magyars 3-0 in Bucharest-based World Cup qualifying action.
What’s more Hungary come into this fixture off the back of a demoralising 1-2 home defeat to lowly Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands – either side to win by one goal @ 29/20
The Romanians aren’t the only ones with a spring in their steps.
Kyle Lafferty’s 88th minute strike in Budapest secured Norn Irn’s first away win in four years and their first of any kind in some eight matches.
The visitors have subjected their supporters to little better, with a sole win in their last octet coming to the detriment of Gibraltar and, on foreign soil, Lars Olsen’s men are expected to succumb to the newly buoyant Irish.
However, while used to getting slapped around from pillar to post at home, the Faroes have lost their last three away games by a single goal.