It may be the Guinness talking, but plenty of people on the Emerald Isle are quite optimistic about tonight’s game against World Champions Germany. Positively giddy in fact. A combination of Ireland’s 7-0 hammering at home to Gibraltar (the first time in three years Ireland have won three games on the bounce) and Germany’s surprise 2-0 defeat to Poland and labored victory against Scotland has given fans of the boys in green some hope going into tonight’s clash.
Whether that optimism is misplaced is yet to be seen, however we’re fairly confident these Stupid Punts won’t be turning into Hall of Famers anytime soon…
Correct score: Germany 0-8 Ireland
One punter in Cork has €1 on at 500/1
Ireland have only ever won one game 8-0. That was in November 1983 when they thumped Malta at Dalymount Park in front of 11,000 people. Mark Lawrenson started the rout on 24 minutes, and the Irish were 3-0 up at the break. After the oranges there were five more goals including a brace from Liam Brady as Ireland ran out comfortable 8-0 winners. The Germans have never suffered an 8-0 loss on the international stage, however in March 1909 the English beat them 9-0 so it’s not impossible to give the Germans an absolute pasting from time to time.
Scorecast: Darren Gibson to score first and Ireland to win 2-0
One punter in Dublin has 50c on at 800/1
Gibson isn’t exactly prolific on the international stage, in fact he’s hardly prolific at all. The midfielder has just seven goals in 119 Premier League appearances, and for Ireland, has scored once in 23 games. That goal came at home to Wales in the 2011 Nations Cup and led to a 3-0 victory, so you could say that whenever Gibson scores for Ireland they win. You’d be right, but you’d also be clutching at very, very tiny straws. The good news is that Ireland have won 2-0 away to Germany before. That was in Hannover in 1994 when goals from Tony Cascarino and Garry Kelly gave the Irish victory. Yabadabadoo.
Robbie Keane to score a hat-trick
Six Irish punters are on at 300/1 – one lad from Dublin has a tenner on it
Robbie Keane bagged a hat-trick inside 17 minutes against Gibraltar, and a quick scan of the internet tells us that this was the fastest ever European Championship Qualification hat-trick. It also means that nobody else in the world ever has scored more goals in European Championship Qualification matches than Keano. The striker is an Irish hero with 65 goals in 136 games – putting him level with Didier Drogba for international goals and just 12 behind Pele! Keane has three hat-tricks at international level – against San Marino, Faroe Islands and Gibraltar. Will Germany be added to that ever-growing list tonight?
Crazy or inspired? We’re going to lean towards the former, however if any of these mad bets click expect plenty of punters to be tripping the light fandango in Temple Bar tonight after emptying Paddy’s pockets.