With maximum points from their opening two Group D games, the Republic of Ireland stare down the biggest obstacle on their Euro 2016 qualification quest to date – world champions Germany.
The odds gurus at bwin.com reckon the men from the Emerald Isle don’t stand a chance in Gelsenkirchen, affording the travelling party a price of 10/1 for victory.
Die Mannschaft, however, have been far from convincing since returning from their successful world domination mission, which renders their stick-thin 1/4 to snare the spoils here well worth a dodge.
Aside from being drubbed 4-2 by Argentina in a friendly, they scraped past Scotland in their maiden Euro 2016 qualifier before being gunned down by Poland for the first time ever last time out.
But fear not, dear punter, for while the match-betting buffet offers little in the wake of appetising odds, the intrepid value hunters at news.bwin.com/en/ have been busy upturning every Germany v Ireland rock in sight to find the best bets just for you.
Ireland win/draw double chance @ 29/10
Confidence is high in the Ireland camp and, after their Gibraltar freebie, they’re well rested for this Veltins Arena venture.
Neither of these things can be said of Germany, who sweated and strained to no avail in Warsaw at the weekend.
Martin O’Neill is an expert conductor of a stymie sting and he’ll set the Boys in Green up to frustrate their high-class hosts.
Based on recent results, they look a good bet to dodge defeat.
Ireland to score a goal @ 91/100
Germany haven’t kept a clean sheet since their World Cup final win over Argentina.
Prior to that, grossly inferior adversaries such as Algeria, Armenia and Kazakhstan were all able to breach their backline.
In failing to qualify for the very same World Cup, Ireland were unable to locate the onion bag just three times and have drawn just one blank in their previous eight.
Correct score at half time: 0-0 @ 11/4
The slate has remained untouched after 45 minutes in a staggering eight of the last 13 outings to involve Joachim Low’s men.
For those who like an even safer bet though, get on the 4/25 about only one or neither side finding the net before the break, as it has occurred in each of the Germany games across this period.