Northern Ireland v Germany Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 06, 2019
Windsor Park - EURO 2020 Qualifier
Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland side face a huge EURO 2020 Championship qualification test as they welcome Germany to Belfast.
These to sides face each other for the second successive tournament qualification campaign - after facing them on the road to the 2018 World Cup.
Germany won home and away in 2016-17, as well as eliminating them them from Euro 2016.
O'Neill picked a young side for the 1-0 win over Luxembourg, and he is expected to recall some of his experienced heads for the visit of Joachim Lowe's side. With Michael McGovern in line to replace injured Bailey Peacock-Farrell, and Jamal Lewis, Niall McGinn and Steven Davis set to return.
Germany have an injury doubt over defender Nico Schulz, with Niklas set to slot into defence, with Kai Havertz set to come into midfield. Timo Werner could also start, with Leroy Sane sidelined through injury.
Northern Ireland v Germany Preview and Predictions
Northern Ireland have been excellent in qualification so far, with five wins in a row for O'Neill's side ahead of their first major test of qualification at Windsor Park on Monday night. O'Neill knows he has big tests to come in the final stretch of the group stage qualification, with games home and away against both Germany and the Netherlands still to come.
Germany are currently in second place in Group C, with Northern Ireland having played four games compared to their three so far on the road to EURO 2020 next summer. Loew's side are still strong favourites to qualify from this group, having already beaten their major rivals De Oranje earlier in their qualification campaign - and they will want to edge ahead of O'Neill's side here.
Despite the fine recent form of Northern Ireland, Germany should have too much for them once more when they meet in Belfast - with an away win priced at 1/3. The home side will make it difficult and restrict Germany in attack, with a strong defensive record of just one goal conceded at Windsor Park in their last three home games. With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 5/4.
Germany to win 1-0 at 11/2
Germany won 3-1 at Windsor Park in 2017, but things are expected to be even tighter when they meet this time around, A positive result for Northern Ireland will edge them closer to a second successive European Championships - but Germany should nick it.
Serge Gnabry to score first at 3/1
The former Arsenal man is Germany's in form attacker, with three goals in his last four appearances for the national team. With Sane ruled out, he is expected to take on even more influence in what should be a tight game.