Nine points clear of the third-placed Azerbaijan and on the back of five successive World Cup qualifying wins, Northern Ireland prepare to face reigning world champions Germany at Windsor Park on Thursday.
Michael O’Neil’s men trail Germany by five points but still harbour a mathematical chance of finishing top of Group C. They will need to pull a shocker against one of world’s best teams in order to remain in the running for the first spot and if their current form is anything to go by such a scenario is not that impossible after all.
Germany travel to Northern Ireland with a severely injured squad and that is something that offers a glimmer of hope for the home side. The likes of Manuel Neuer, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Mesut Ozil, Timo Werner and Sami Khedira are all ruled out through injuries leaving coach Joachim Low with a slightly experimental side.
Die Mannschaft boast formidable squad depth and should not be underestimated by any account. Northern Ireland’s motivation and momentum should not be taken too lightly as well, however, which is why we think 8/1 betting odds available with Betfred and Betfair are definitely worth your consideration.
Germany will have a chance to book their ticket to Russia on Thursday but the paltry 1/4 betting odds offered at Paddy Power are just not worth the risk.