Germany to beat Northern Ireland and over 3.5 goals – 27/20
Group C is unlikely to be much of a contest for qualification and that is largely down to matchups like this. The World Champions, such is their depth, are likely to bring in Ilkay Gundogan for this fixture to add to their already exceptional midfield.
Any combination of players could feature for the Germans in truth and it would almost certainly be too much for Northern Ireland to handle. Although Michael O’Neill’s side have begun their qualifying campaign with a draw and a victory, any momentum they have built will face an emphatic crushing against the Germans.
With club football returning shortly, an early lead might see Germany take their foot off the pedal, but the odds on over 3.5 goals in the game are still worthwhile considering the talent the home side have to offer.
Slovakia to beat Scotland – 5/4
Despite suffering defeat to both Slovenia and England in their opening Group F games, Slovakia should see off Scotland with relative ease. Gordan Strachan’s side will be battling a hangover from their disappointing draw with Lithuania, as pressure builds on the manager after a string of feisty press conferences.
Defensively Scotland were suspect against Lithuania and Strachan’s failure to change things offensively cost his side dearly. That combination, against an organised Slovakia squad, should see the Scots fall. Strachan could be forced towards the door if this fixtures ends in defeat, while Slovakia are in need of a victory to remain in qualifying contention.
As two sides look to halt potential downward spirals, home advantage should allow the Slovakians to squeak past Scotland on Tuesday evening.
England to beat Slovenia – 4/6
Amidst all the talk of Wayne Rooney’s removal from the England XI, there has been widespread memory loss that there is a crucial World Cup qualifier about to take place. Both teams would probably accept a draw ahead of England’s trip to Slovenia, with two points currently separating them at the top of Group F.
England, however, will be rejuvenated by the removal of Rooney from the midfield. This will free up Dele Alli to operate between Slovenia’s lines and allow Jordan Henderson to dominate in midfield just as he did at the weekend.
The team that notches the first goal will likely be victorious in what should be a tightly contested game. Gareth Southgate’s side should be able to nick a tight-fought win against the Slovenes, though, and cement their position at the top of the group.