A win by any margin against Northern Ireland will see Germany wrestle the top spot in Group C away from their hosts
N. Ireland Team News
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 9, 2019
Northern Ireland have had a perfect start to qualifying after beating Belarus and Estonia twice to record four wins from four, topping the group with 12 points.
Michael O’Neill’s side come into their first meeting with Germany in this qualifying campaign on the back of a 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg which stretched their unbeaten streak to five.
Paul Smyth, Michael Smith, and Jordan Jones were all forced to withdraw from the squad ahead of the friendly with Luxembourg, with the latter’s absence a particular blow having started three of four qualifiers to now.
N.Ireland predicted line-up
Peacock-Farrell – McLaughlin, Cathcart, J. Evans, Lewis – McNair, Davis (c), C. Evans – Magennis, Washington, Lafferty
Germany Team News
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 9, 2019
Germany will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to the Netherlands. A win here would see Joachim Loew’s men top Group C on goal difference, ahead of three remaining fixtures against Estonia (away), Belarus (home) and Northern Ireland (home).
Serge Gnabry will be looking to add to his impressive tally of eight goals in nine international appearances after scoring the opener against the Dutch, but Germany will be without Illkay Gündogan after the midfielder went down with a cold.
Full-back Nico Schulz will not be available after picking up a foot injury against the Netherlands – RB Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg is expected to replace him.
Germany predicted line-up
Neuer – Klostermann, Ginter, Süle, Halstenberg – Kimmich, Kroos, Havertz – Gnabry, Reus, Werner
Germany have suffered only two defeats to Northern Ireland in their 17 meetings (11 wins, four draws)
Germany have won the last seven meetings between these two sides
Germany have scored three or more goals in their last four visits to Windsor Park
Northern Ireland are undefeated in qualifying for EURO 2020
Northern Ireland’s last win over Germany was a 1-0 victory in November 1983
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