Northern Ireland v Germany Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 03, 2017
Windsor Park - World Cup Qualification Group C
Northern Ireland welcome Germany to Windsor Park on Thursday, as the Green and White Army look to pick up an unlikely result. It’s the sternest of tests for Michael O’Neill’s men against the reigning World Cup holders.
Northern Ireland are yet to beat Germany in nine attempts, although they have managed three draws against their more illustrious opponents. The last of these was over 20 years ago however. Die Mannschaft have won the last six meetings since, including a 2-0 success last October.
Veteran defender Aaron Hughes is a doubt, after Northern Ireland’s most-capped outfield player lasted just seven minutes of Hearts’ game against Dundee on Saturday. The 37-year-old has been struggling with a calf problem, although O’Neill can recall West Brom’s Gareth McAuley to the starting lineup.
The big news for the visitors is that Joachim Low has dropped Mesut Ozil from his squad due to concerns over the Arsenal playmaker’s fitness. In-form RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner also misses out, after suffering an unusual problem caused by a blockage of neck muscles.
Northern Ireland v Germany Preview and Predictions
After winning their last five World Cup qualifying games, Northern Ireland have put themselves into a wonderful position in Group C. Any form of result on Thursday evening against the mighty Germany would be a bonus for Michael O’Neill’s side.
It would be a huge surprise if the Green and White Army failed to reach the playoffs now, even if they lose against the world champions and fail to win their last game against Norway. They can’t be caught in Group C, while there are plenty of teams around the nine groups with inferior records vying for the eight playoff spots.
The only goals that Northern Ireland have conceded so far in qualifying came in the opening 20 minutes in Germany, so this one looks like being a tight game. Don’t be surprised to see plenty of German possession with the Irish sitting deep and looking for success on the counter.
Despite their impressive record in qualification so far, Northern Ireland start this one as massive underdogs. You can get them as long as 12/1 in the betting, while the visitors are priced at 3/10. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s 24/5.
Germany to win 2-0 at 11/2
Bet on the visitors to repeat the scoreline that they won by earlier in the qualifying campaign.
Northern Ireland to win 1-0 at 28/1
Back the hosts to pick up an incredible win over the world champions. If they do, it’s likely to be a close encounter based on a strong defensive display.