If Scotland are to realise their Euro 2016 qualification dream, beating Ireland at home is of the utmost importance.
No Group D adversary, Germany included, has been able to achieve this feat, but Gordon Strachan’s men have been playing beyond their means for several months now and are more than capable of toppling the Boys in Green.
A price of 27/20 says the hosts prevail at Celtic Park, with Martin O’Neill’s charges available to back at 2/1 next to an 11/5-rated draw.
In terms of beefiness, the latter two prices can’t be knocked, but at news.bwin.com/en/ we know that bigger isn’t always better so disregard both and lump on the Tartan Army.
Here’s why you should:
Since being bested by Belgium in September 2013, Scotland have lost just once in nine.
It’s champions of the world Germany who wear this particular badge of honour, though Die Mannschaft will consider themselves a tad fortunate to have scraped that 2-1 win.
Across the same timeframe, the Irish have been felled on a whopping six occasions.
The Scotland rearguard is unexpectedly stern.
Scottish laundry has been folded unblemished following five of their last eight outings, which will inspire confidence ahead of pragmatic Ireland’s visit.
Expunging a walkover 7-0 victory over the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers of Gibraltar from the record, the visitors have found the net more than once just four times in their last 16 – against Georgia, Oman, Kazakhstan and Latvia.
Wales are the only outfit to prevail in unforeseen fashion in Scotland’s backyard since 2009.
Czech Republic, Denmark and Croatia are three of the high-profile international factions to have fallen under tartan wheels in recent seasons.
In total, they’ve been bested on their own patch just four times in 17 on the homestead, though three of them came against World Cup runners-up to be, the Netherlands, then world and European champions Spain and former flavour of the month Belgium.
Furthermore, it was only the latter who were able to claim the spoils by a margin greater than one goal, confirming Scotland’s fortitude at home.