By Josh Powell | Stupid Punt
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Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book for Friday’s international games and some stats that try to back them up.
Correct Score – Germany 0-3 Ireland
Three punters are on at 500/1
- Ireland are no strangers to winning 3-0. They have beaten Wales, Faroe Islands and Algeria by that scoreline in the last three years
- Germany were last beaten 3-0 by Czech Republic in a qualifying game for Euro 2008 back in October 2007
- Ireland beat Germany 2-0 in 1994 and tonked them 5-2 in 1936. Racking up a good victory against the Germans isn’t unheard of
You won’t find many people backing Ireland to win tonight but three patriotic punters have gone one better backing them to win 3-0. The Germans are unbeaten in qualifying but with the towels already down in Rio, could Joachim Low’s side take their eye of the ball tonight? Throw in the unknown of a Trapattoni-less Ireland and a 3-0 win for the Boys In Green looks marginally more likely. Admittedly, really marginal, but still…
Correct score – England 2-4 Montenegro
Seven punters are on at 500/1
- The last time England lost 4-2 was in a friendly against Sweden in November last year. Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged all four
- England have never beaten Montenegro. Although they’ve never lost either. All three games between the two sides have finished level
- The Three Lions aren’t exactly watertight at the back – conceding 12 goals in their last 10 matches, including friendlies
It would be a disaster for Roy Hodgson, and probably put England one step closer to Butlins than Brazil, but seven Paddy Power punters fancy Montenegro to win 4-2 at Wembley tonight. Sweden beat England 4-2 less than a year ago in Stockholm and lightning could threaten to strike twice with the Three Lions’ defensive frailties.
Scorecast: Andy Reid to score first and Ireland to beat Germany 3-2
One punter is on at 700/1
- Andy Reid averages a goal every eight and a half hours at international level. He has four goals in 27 appearances for the Boys In Green
- Ireland have only lost once when Andy Reid has got on the scoresheet
- In the two games Andy Reid has scored first, Ireland have beaten San Marino 5-0 and drawn 1-1 with Bulgaria
Andy Reid hasn’t featured for Ireland in over five years, but he is in prolific form for Nottingham Forest, bagging five goals in 10 games. Will that form in front of goal translate from the Championship to the Rhein Energie Stadion?
One punter will certainly be hoping so!