Germany vs Northern Ireland
Who? Germany vs Northern Ireland in Matchday 10 of Group C of Euro 2020 Qualification
Where? Commerzbank-Arena, Germany
When? 19:45 GMT, Tuesday 19th November 2019 (Live on Sky Sports)
A final turnout in the calendar year sees Northern Ireland travel east to take on Germany in the last group match of Euro 2020 Qualification.
The Germans maintain usual business, securing their place in next year’s tournament. They won 4-0 in Belarus last time out as they moved onto 16 points whilst first and third went head-to-head. Joachim Löw oversaw another clean sheet for his side too. They have only lost one of their last 15 European Qualifier home matches, that game coming in this campaign against the Netherlands. Goals from midfield has been a pattern in this campaign, as the likes of Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Toni Kroos of Real Madrid have scored three goals each in Qualification. Germany can secure top spot with a win. As the Netherlands will be expected to beat Estonia at home, Germany will not want the group to be decided on a head-to-head record if both were to finish on 19 points.
For Northern Ireland nearly suffered a blow in their last crucial match. Captain Steven Davies could have given his nation the lead against the Netherlands, however, his penalty flew over the crossbar. The match ended 0-0 as Northern Ireland gave it everything they had against the Dutch. This means the Netherlands join the Germans in qualification, leaving Northern Ireland a play-off match in March next year to make the tournament. As for this game, you sense the Northern Irish players put all their efforts into the last game and that could help the hosts. They will not want to be on the end of a hiding to end the year, however it is likely that Germany will be eager to secure top spot in the group and we can see a comfortable home win in Michael O’Neill’s last Northern Ireland matches.
Germany (6/1* to Win): The Germans have a huge injury list. Thilo Kehrer, Leroy Sane, Toni Rudiger, Kevin Trapp, Niklas Sule, Kai Havertz, Marco Reus and Julian Draxler are out. We expect Serge Gnabry to star in the front line alongside Timo Werner and Julian Brandt. Ilkay Gundogan is the only Premier League player likely to feature in this game.
Northern Ireland (4/9* to Win): The likes of Jordan Jones and Will Grigg are out of contention for Northern Ireland. We expect a similar line up to the one that faced the Netherlands last time out. O’Neill may opt with Kyle Lafferty in attack instead of Josh Magennis.
Sep 9th 2019 – Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany
Oct 5th 2017 – Northern Ireland 1-3 Germany
Oct 11th 2016 – Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland
Jun 21 2016 – Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany
Jun 4th 2005 – Northern Ireland 1-4 Germany
*odds as of November 18th at 11:31 GMT and subject to change
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