Germany at Northern Ireland
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 1:45 PM (Windsor Park)
Over: 2.50 (-142.86) / Under: 2.50 (+129.00) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Northern Ireland is welcoming Germany in round 6 of Group C Euro Cup Qualifications.
Northern Ireland is surprisingly at the top of Group C in these Euro Cup Qualifications with 12 points, 7 scored goals and only 2 conceded goals. In their last friendly match against Luxembourg, Norther Ireland was solid with 42% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and was able to win 1-0, but this match against Germany will be a different story because Northern Ireland could secure a Euro Cup spot with a positive result. Michael Smith who is playing for Hearts in Scottish Premier League is Northern Ireland's best player with an average rating of 7.50. Josh Magennis is the goal-scoring leader with 2 goals while Washington, McGinn, Davis, McNair, and Evans added 1 goal each. Northern Ireland has a solid team which is being led by Jonny Evans who is playing for Leicester in EPL and George Saville who is playing for Middlesbrough. Michale O'Neill was signed as a head coach back in 2011. and since then Northern Ireland has been improving constantly up to this point where they are the leaders in this Group C in front of soccer giants like Germany and the Netherlands. Consistency means a lot, and having a coach for this long, coach that you can trust and a coach that players like is a rarity in these days and not many clubs or countries are doing this. In my opinion, this is the biggest reason why Northern Ireland is living its great soccer moments today.
Germany is one of the best teams in Europe, but a team that is very young and inexperienced overall which we could have seen in their latest game against the Netherlands. In that game, Germany had 48% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, only 2 corner kicks, and 87% of correct passes and has lost this game 2-4 at home. Offensively, Germany was good and was able to create a lot of good chances against one of the best defensive pairs in the world, Van Dijk and De Light. The defense was the problem for Germany here who looked lost and wasn't able to defend once Netherlands' midfield put stronger pressure on them. Don't get me wrong, Germany is strong and has a potential to be the best in the world for the next 7-8 years once players like Werner, Havertz, Gnarby, Brandt, Tah and Sule mature and learn how to stay calm and cool under pressure. Germany is also one of those teams that has the same coach for many years. Joachim Low was signed back in 2006. and since then has won a World Cup in 2014., and Confederations Cup in 2017. Gnarby has scored 4 goals in these qualifications, while Sane and Reus added 3 each. Sane is not available to coach Low because of an ACL Injury. Germany is ranked as 15th in FIFA standings and I think they will start climbing that table in no time. Germany is playing nice and enjoyable soccer overall and is scoring a lot of goals but they lack consistency on the defensive end which is costing them a lot of cheap goals.
There is no doubt that Germany is the better team here and has never lost to Northern Ireland in 6 games they played against each other. Germany could use a nice win here to bounce back from that unfortunate loss against the Netherlands and to close the distance between themselves and Northern Ireland and that is what I'm going to pick here.