Northern Ireland vs Germany Euro 2020 qualification Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Euro 2020 Northern Ireland vs Germany
Northern Ireland vs Germany Euro 2020 qualifiers

The match is over.
Score: 0-2.

Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 aspirations get one of the sternest possible tests with the visit of multi-time World Cup winners Germany to Windsor Park.

Predictions

Michael O’Neill’s side went into the September qualifiers surprisingly top of Group C, ahead of not only Germany but the Netherlands. However a win for the former over the latter days before this fixture would see Germany top the group by the time they meet in Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s climb to the top of the group has been built on keeping it tight – four games, seven goals scored and two conceded. They’ve beaten Estonia and Belarus home and away, providing a decent platform for coming games against Germany and the Netherlands.

It could yet prove to be a campaign of two halves for the Irish. They’ll need points off the two heavyweights in the group, and a draw when Germany and the Netherlands meet in Hamburg on September 6 would probably by their ideal result, so both countries drop points.

Germany have been unstoppable in qualifying thus far, beating Belarus at a stroll and smashing eight goals past Estonia. The meeting with the Oranje in Amsterdam in March was an epic, with Germany winning 3-2 thanks to a Nico Schulz goal in the 90th minute.

Die Mannschaft might find themselves frustrated by Northern Ireland for much of the match, and certainly it won’t be an easy game. The Irish don’t tend to roll over, and Windsor Park is one of the harder places to go in international football outside of the game’s biggest nations.

It’s not impossible to see Northern Ireland getting a draw from this fixture, but Germany have so much strength in depth that it should eventually tell, in a 3-0 win for the visitors.

Betting Tips

Germany will be eager to make sure they don’t get a nasty surprise in this game, and sealing the victory by half time would do that. If they can get a two-goal lead by the break, it’ll be all-but-over. 888Sport price over 1.5 goals in the first half at 11/8.

Germany conceded twice away from home against the Netherlands, but didn’t concede when going to Belarus, and Northern Ireland are much closer to the latter than the former – which the best online bookies will know too. 888Sport price a Germany win to nil at 21/20.

Statistics

Head to Head

Northern Ireland have beaten Germany twice in their history – but not since 1983.

Germany have won nine of the other 13 games, with four draws.

The most recent meeting between the countries was in 2017, a World Cup qualifier, that then-World Cup holders Germany won 3-1 in Belfast. They were leading 3-0 until the final minute.

Stats

  • Germany have qualified for every European Championships since 1972, winning that year as well as 1980 and 1996.
  • Northern Ireland, by contrast, have only qualified for one European Championships – the last one, in 2016.
  • Northern Ireland haven’t scored more than two goals in a competitive fixture since a 2017 win over San Marino.
  • Germany are unbeaten in their last six fixtures, last losing in the UEFA Nations League to France in October 2018.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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