October wasn't the best month for the world champions, however Gibraltar will provide them with a chance to return to winning ways.
Germany will be glad that October is over, however their disappointing recent form will be put behind them as they face group minnows Gibraltar on Friday evening.
Germany is the number one side in world football following their excellent performances at this summer’s World Cup, Brazil being put to the sword 7-1 in the semi-final prior to a win over Argentina in the final. Nevertheless it hasn’t been plain sailing for the Germans since that triumph with a defeat by beaten finalists Argentina in the first friendly since the competition.
The opening Euro 2016 qualifying match saw Jurgen Klopp’s men scrape past a determined Scotland side and then suffer a surprise defeat to Poland. They firmly expected to sweep past Ireland in their third Euro match, however the luck of the Irish prevailed and they were forced to settle for a point in Gelsenkirchen thanks to a late equaliser by Irish defender John O’Shea.
Friday’s match will almost certainly be a mere formality however, Gibraltar not expected to put up much resistance in this Group D match. Germany may have been poor of late but they will definitely win this encounter, a fact reflected by the bookies with Bet365 offering best odds of 1/200 for a home win.
The world champions will run riot in Nuremberg and as such, the Total Goals market will be the place to go for this clash. Gibraltar have conceded some 17 goals in the opening three matches, Poland and Ireland scoring seven apiece against the minnows, therefore Germany should have little problem finding a way past their defence on many occasions. The Germans could possibly manage double figures so 888sport’s price of 9/10 for over 9.5 goals does hold much appeal.
Obviously, goals mean goalscorers so we have numerous options in that market. Thomas Muller managed three goals for Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend and we can expect him to feature on the goalsheet for this match following a drought against Ireland and Poland. He will pose the away defence huge problems and looks good value at 1/2 with Bet365 to score a hat-trick on Friday evening.
Toni Kroos also looks good to score in this match, Bet365 offering 21/10 for the Real Madrid player to manage at least two goals. Kroos scored in the draw with Ireland last month and will be eager to add to his tally on the international stage.
This will certainly prove a hugely one-sided encounter and the best bet for us is a German victory with over 9.5 goals involved.
Our betting tips
Over 9.5 goals – 888sport 9/10