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Monday, 17 December, 2018

World Cup holders Germany to make another quick start

Germany's Sandro Wagner celebrates with Sebastian Rudy
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The final round of European World Cup qualifying is on Sunday for three groups with most eyes on Group E where there is everything to play for.

Poland lead the way, three points clear of Denmark and with an identical goal difference of plus 12, needing a draw at home to third-placed Montenegro to secure a place at next summer's World Cup. 

A victory should ensure Poland are in the top set of seeds for the finals in Russia and the Robert Lewandowski-inspired side are strong odds-on favourites for maximum points.

Montenegro must win and hope Denmark lose at home to Romania to stand a chance of taking the playoff spot from the Danes but they head to Poland with a weakened squad.

Crucial centre-back Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid is suspended and star forward Stevan Jovetic was injured during Thursday's 1-0 reverse at home to fast-finishing Denmark.

It will be a surprise if the placings change in the final round of games and, as the odds suggest it should be a comfortable 90 minutes for the favourites.

There are the usual batch of short-priced odds-on teams making it tricky to find worthwhile wagers but there may be some mileage in backing Germany to make a speedy start at home to Azerbaijan in Group C.

Germany, who have already qualified thanks to a perfect record of nine wins in nine matches, are set to make wholesale changes but that is not a problem with Joachim Low's squad rich in talent.

A virtual B team won the Confederations Cup and their 38 goals in qualifying have been scored by an incredible 19 different players.

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The World Cup holders have been flying out of the traps in a soft qualifying section, landing the half-time full-time double in all nine games and it's 1-3 to happen again.

However, Germany have also been leading after 30 minutes in every round of qualifying and that could be a fair alternative at 4-6.

Toni Kroos is among those who won't be involved but Antonio Rudiger, Emre Can, Julian Brandt, Leroy Sane and Lars Stindl were just some of those on the bench for Thursday's 3-1 victory in Northern Ireland when Germany never looked back from the moment Sebastian Rudy's rocket put them in front after two minutes. 

Germany to be leading after 30 minutes
1pt 4-6 Coral, Ladbrokes

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A virtual Germany B team won the Confederations Cup and their 38 goals in qualifying have been scored by an incredible 19 different players
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