Germany will host Northern Ireland tuesday night in a game that no longer has much impact in the final standings of Group C.
Joachim Low’s team could seal the 1st place of their group with a win against Northern Ireland. After losing at home to Netherlands, Germany netted three straight wins with a 9:0 goal ratio, proving they’re still one of the most fearful teams in Europe. Going through a rebuilding process succeeding their 2014 World Cup win, the Mannschaft have some of the best talent coming up in their ranks, as Timo Werner, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz, posing a threat as always to win it all. Everything points to a lopsided matchup between these two nations, with Germany’s last loss against a nation ranked below them coming a few years ago in October 2007.
Northern Ireland started this qualification phase with great results, but their last fixtures put them in an uncomfortable position, dictating their current 3rd place. They come from two losses and a draw to Netherlands and Germany, and even though the opposition was clearly better, they had a chance to make history and qualify for Euro 2020 in a very tough group. Six of N. Ireland’s last eight have come in the last minutes of their matches, namely in the last 16, so it’s safe to say that if Germany starts strong it will be a hard task for Michael O’Neill squad.
Northern Ireland’s goalscoring record is not impressive, as they’ve only scored 8 goals in their 7 qualification matches. With this being said, I’m not expecting a high scoring game, while at the same time I believe Germany will get the job done.
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