Fresh from a 4-2 hiding in their World Cup final rematch with Argentina, Germany – the blood-thirsty Rottweiler of the international soccer scene – host an underdog of Chihuahua proportions in Scotland.
After mounting the throne at the pinnacle of the global game in Brazil this summer, Die Mannschaft must now embark on their Euro 2016 qualifying quest and are rated at a flimsy 17/100 to resume normal service and claim the laurels in Dortmund.
The Scots, by contrast, are a colossal 23/2 to upset the world champions, with the draw on offer at 13/2.
But the visitors have been enjoying something of an upturn in fortunes following Gordon Strachan’s installation to the dugout and, while the prospect of landing three points on German soil remains as dim as the stitching on Batman’s cape, they could run the four-time world kings closer than anticipated here.
Both teams to score @ evens
It’s now six games since Scotland last tasted defeat and they’ve found the net in five successive sojourns.
The sheets of far more prestigious foes such as France and Spain have been blemished on European Championship qualifying away days in recent seasons so don’t back against them doing so here, especially with Joachim Low missing key defenders from his World Cup winning side.
Scotland (+3) to beat Germany @ 31/50
Given their recent improvement on the pitch and tendency to rustle the net on their travels, handing the Scots three goals before a ball has been kicked looks a fairly safe way to ensure the wallet is fattened.
The likes of Ghana, USA and Algeria would’ve all toppled Die Weltmeisters during their World Cup conquest had they been afforded such a sizeable head start.
A three-goal buffer would’ve meant Strachan’s charges prevailed in each of their last 18.
Any team to win by a single goal @ 13/5
The bookies suspect the margin of victory will be greater, the logic based around the quality discrepancy in the opposing camps, but a solitary strike is more likely than not to divide the two teams.
Taking extra-time wins into consideration, four of Germany’s last five competitive outings have been decided by a single goal, as have three of the past four occasions which they have faced Scotland.