Northern Ireland vs Germany
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group C)
Date: Thursday, 5th October 2017
Kick-off: 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Windsor Park (Belfast).
Germany is sitting on top of the Group C standings with a 5 point cushion over Northern Ireland. And their duel on Thursday is extremely important in deciding who gains the automatic qualification spot.
However, Low’s team are in pole position to achieve this as they need just 1 point from the remaining two matches.
But for Nord Iron, they must beat Germany and win the next match away at Norway. But, also hope the lose their final group game against Azerbaijan.
Meantime, Northern Ireland had already qualified for the play-off with the third placed team cannot catch them as they are 9 points behind.
Germany are coming with a 100% win record in the qualifiers with 8 wins with a massive goal aggregate of 35-2.
On the other hand, Northern Ireland can boast of a 100% win record at home with an excellent defensive record, scored 12 and conceded none so far.
Northern Ireland vs Germany: Head-to-head
Germany are unbeaten in the last 7 meetings with Northern Ireland, with wins in the most recent six.
The reverse leg of the corresponding fixture was a 2-0 win for Low’s men.
Northern Ireland’s last win against Germany can be dated back to 1982/83 season when they bagged a double in home and away matches of the Euro 84 qualifiers.
Northern Ireland vs Germany: Predictions
It is a relatively young squad from Germany that will take the center stage in Belfast on Thursday. But, this is the same bunch of players that helped the team to lift the Confederations trophy in Russia earlier this year. Plus, the team can be considered stronger with the likes of Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels joining the ranks.
Northern Ireland’s points in the competitions so far has come on the back of some composed defensive performances. But the team managed by Low are more than capable to find a way through.
Correct Score Prediction: N. Ireland 1-2 Germany for 9.50 odds.
Northern Ireland vs Germany: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 match goals for 1.70 odds