Republic of Ireland v Germany Preview – Irish can hold the Germans in Dublin
Goals will be at a premium when world champions Germany visit Dublin on Thursday evening
October 6th, 2015
The Republic of Ireland were hammered 6-1 at home to Germany in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, Toni Kroos and Marco Reus each scoring a brace in Dublin.
Under the guidance of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, Ireland have improved substantially – enough to hold the Germans to a 1-1 draw last year in their own back yard thanks to a late equaliser from John O’Shea.
Heading into the last two qualifying matches, Germany only need a draw in order to progress through to next year’s Euro finals in France, while the Irish are very much on course to contest the play-off next month, given that it is too much perhaps to expect the boys in green to defeat group leaders Germany on Thursday and second-placed Poland away from home on Sunday.
For manager O’Neill, it will be about grabbing as much as his side can manage from these two tough matches and hoping that Ireland can stay ahead of a Scotland side whose qualification hopes hang by a thread following their 1-0 defeat to Georgia last month.
The Republic will be confident of holding the Germans, given that their defence has been particularly solid throughout this campaign with no more than one goal per match being conceded since the close of the 2013/14 season.
We share their slight optimism. Ireland have already held the world champions to a draw in this campaign and although they will be very much up against it in Dublin on Thursday, we feel that they can do it again in this match.
BETTING TIPS – Match ending in a draw –Betfred 7/2