Germany v Northern Ireland Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tuesday 11th October By @J_RKeith

Germany v Northern Ireland – HDI-Arena at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1

My last Asian Handicap betting preview featuring Northern Ireland won by the skin of its teeth on Saturday in their victory against San Marino, but I hope to be a bit more comfortable in this one. They travel to Hannover to take on World Cup winners Germany on Tuesday night.

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Germany

It was a strange Euro 2016 for Germany considering they never looked like they were going to win the tournament. I mean, I may have backed them at the start but something just didn’t look right, then it all ended when they were knocked out by hosts France in the semi-finals.
Since then, Low’s team has gone three games unbeaten and in qualifying sit top of the group after two matches, scoring six and conceding none. Their last match ending in a 3-0 win against Czech Republic; Thomas Muller grabbing a brace.

What I look at when I see this German national team is so much flair and creativity, yet is there too much? Sometimes I think they just want to walk the ball into the net on every occasion. I mean, in Low’s current squad he only has one out-and-out striker in Kevin Volland. Apart from that Mario Gotze is listed as a striker along with nine midfielders.
I honestly think this is their missing link. Yes they are scoring goals, but in the big games when they need a holding frontman or a fox in the box, there isn’t one.

However, their record speaks for itself. In World Cup qualifying, the Germans remain unbeaten at home since 2001 when England won 5-1 and Michael Owen scored a hat-trick (had to remind you). Even away from home, in World Cup qualifying they haven’t lost on the road since the competition was invented. Madness.

I just think group Low and co. has been drawn in will be a piece of cake. He can experiment with the squad by picking formations or players he will take to Russia in 2018, as well as seeing what works best for him.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Thomas Muller

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland, meanwhile, are still noted as the underdogs in this group with a chance of making the play-offs at this rate considering they are unbeaten after two matches.
Michael O’Neil’s last game ending in a 4-0 win against San Marino at Windsor Park; Kyle Lafferty coming off the bench to score a brace.

One player who I’ve admired in the Northern Ireland squad has been Steven Davis. I’ve been a fan of him for a while as he is such a composed and bright player on the ball and goes unnoticed in matches, but I do think you won’t see the best of him in Hannover due to the circumstances of the match.

A certainty for this game will be that O’Neil will want numbers behind the ball, much like their performance against the Germans in Euro 2016. They hold a familiar formation in 4-5-1 and like to play compact and on the counter; Lafferty, Jamie Ward and Davis all pushing forward when they get the chance.

If Northern Ireland go to Hanover and come away with a point, I think O’Neil would be over the moon. However, it does look like an uphill struggle so goal difference is a priority, considering they have a points buffer ahead of the bottom three.

Conclusion

The last time these two nations met, Germany won 1-0 in Euro 2016; a match they dominated, with the scoreline was generous to the Green and White Army. Northern Ireland hasn’t beaten the Germans since 1983 and has only scored twice in their last five meetings.

I am not expecting much from Northern Ireland in this match, but I don’t expect them to get hammered like other nations. Germany will create a lot of chances, but I can see it being one of those lucky days for Michael O’Neil’s side.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Northern Ireland +2.25 @ 2.02 with Bet365

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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Germany v Czech Republic Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 8th October By @The_Drewse

Germany v Czech Republic – Volksparkstadion at 19:45 live on Sky Sports Mix

We’re taking a break from domestic football as the World Cup Qualifiers take centre stage, to the dismay of many fans. (especially if you’re English).

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The international game that I’ll be covering is between Germany and the Czech Republic. Both nations have strong international pedigree and I’m sure that it will be a feisty encounter in this local derby.

Germany

The Germans have responded to their tepid semi-final Euro 2016 exit, in the most typical German manner. They have started their road to Russia campaign with comfortable wins over Finland (friendly) and Norway. Die Mannschaft were dominant in their 3-0 win over the Norwegians in Oslo. They controlled the majority of the game as manager Joachim Low continues to blood the talented youngsters at his disposal. Players such as Julian Brandt, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl and Max Meyer are all 21 or under. Expect them to have promising careers.

Germany seem to have the perfect balance of youth and experience. Stalwarts of the team include Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Sami Khedira. All five players were part of the under-21 side that won the 2009 UEFA European U-21 championship. They coincidentally and convincingly beat England 4-0.

Germany will be missing striker Mario Gomez the Wolfsburg hitman, for rather peculiar circumstances, due to muscle stiffness in the buttocks region.  Man City summer signing, Ilkay Gundogan earns a recall to this uber talented German team.

Asian Handicap Betting

Jerome Boateng

Czech Republic

For what the Czechs may lack in talent, they sure do make up for in passion. This was demonstrated in the Euros for their resilience. Most notably in their rallying performances against Spain and Croatia. For this game, the Czech Republic will most likely try and soak up the pressure from their opponents and expect a big performance from their goalie. The goalkeeper for this game will not be Petr Cech, as he ended his 14-year spell with the Narodak. There will be huge gloves to fill for Tomas Vaclik, who plies his trade in Switzerland for Basel.

From afar, I’ve always admired the Czech Republic. Since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1992, they’ve achieved quite a lot of success for a relatively small nation. They reached the final of Euro 96 against none other than Germany. They lost in extra-time.  The Czechs were also dominant in the early to mid 00s. Players such as Pavel Nedved, Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer, Karel Poborsky, Jan Koller were focal to the team that maintained second position in the FIFA rankings on four separate occasions.

One survivor from the team of yesteryear is captain Tomas Rosicky, who isn’t in the squad. The ‘Little Mozart’ is back at Sparta Prague. Having been released by Arsenal in the summer, that ended his ten-year tenure in North London.

Conclusion

These two teams have met on six occasions since their first meeting in ’96. There have been no draws between them with Germany leading by four games to two. I predict that this theme will continue with Germany coming out on top against what I presume will be a defensive setup by the Czechs, I do believe that both teams will score with Germany winning 3-1.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Germany -1.75 at 1.78 with Bet365

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @The_Drewse

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Germany v Finland Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wed 31st August By @J_RKeith

Germany v Finland – Stadion im Borussia-Park at 19:45 live on BT Sport 2

We’re taking a break from the club season to go into a few international friendlies and before the nations kick-off for their road to the 2018 World Cup, reigning champions Germany will host Finland at the Stadion im Borussia-Park on Wednesday night.

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Germany head into their latest competitive match following their defeat in Euro 2016 after crashing out 2-0 to hosts France in Marseille in the semi-finals, a match where they didn’t look their best and failed to make it two consecutive finals in major competitions.

On a positive note, Joachim Low has stated he will be staying on as Germany manager to help lead the nation to Russia and hopefully retain their World Cup.

After Euro 2016, we learned that Low didn’t have much trust in strikers, bringing one in Mario Gomez, and playing mostly Mario Gotze up top in a flexible formation with a lot of playmakers within the starting eleven. Yet again, he has repeated this method in the current squad, bringing in Kevin Volland as the only striker included to face Finland and Norway alongside Gotze. Furthermore uncapped Niklas Sule of 1899 Hoffenheim has been selected too.

Related news to the game is that Bastian Schweinsteiger will be playing his last match for Germany before he retires, a special night indeed as Low goes looking for a new German captain.

However, when it comes to friendlies, Germany have only won two of their last five and four of their last ten, while at home they have only won three of their last ten. On top of this, in their last five matches at Stadion im Borussia-Park they have only lost one.

 

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Bastian Schweinsteiger

Finland missed out on qualifying for the European Championships after finishing fourth in Group F, winning three of their 12 matches and finishing nine points off the pace. Manager Mixu Paatelainen will want a response from his team, having not won a match from their last eight.

It’s not a bright history for the Huuhkajat considering they have never qualified for a major tournament in their history, and you could say the only time they have been in a summer tournament was in the Olympics 30 years ago.

Not many familiar names among the squad either; Roman Eremenko being the most capped player in the 23-man team with 72 caps and Werder Bremen defender Niklas Moisander sitting as the nation’s captain.

Albin Granlund is the only player to be called up who remains uncapped, while they will be looking for goals from striker Teemu Pukki and midfielder Kasper Hamalainen who have scored a combined 16 goals in 101 matches.

This is only a warm-up for the Finns considering they will be playing Kosovo in their opening game of the qualifiers for a spot at the 2018 World Cup, being thrown into the same group as Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Iceland.
Meanwhile, form shows us that Paatelainen’s side have only won one match from their previous ten friendlies, but away from home it shows a better record having only lost four of their previous ten.

Finland have never beaten Germany in their history, but the last time these nations met was in 2009 and the match ended 1-1. In fact, the last four meetings have ended in draws.

Germany for the win in this game I think. They will want to make sure Schweinsteiger gets a good send-off and being at home I cannot see Finland really keeping out the World Champions out for long.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 3.25 goals @ 1.84 with 188Bet 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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