Northern Ireland vs Germany Preview

Northern Ireland vs Germany 

Competition – World Cup Qualifying

Stadium – Windsor Park

Date: 5th October 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Despite appearing to have wrapped up second position in their group, Northern Ireland still have work to do if they want to make it to the playoff stage.

Only 8 of the 9 teams that will finish second in European qualifying will have a ticket to the playoffs and those teams will be determined by their overall record which includes goal difference.

With this in mind, Michael O’Neil will be preparing his side to upset the World champions.

They haven’t lost a game at Windsor Park during this qualifying series and O’Neil will be hoping his players can maintain that standard when Germany visit them in this game.

They have lost their last two games to the Germans but with a playoff ticket at stake, they will be up for a fight in this game.

Germany is arguably the most talented side in Europe right now.

They won the FIFA Confederations Cup by fielding their second team and also won the European youth tournament.

They won this reverse fixture 2-0 at home and they have an opportunity to finish the job in this game.

Timo Werner will be tasked with leading their attack and add to his 6 goals in 5 international games.

He has also scored 5 goals in 6 league games this season.

The Germans have not lost a game since 2015 and that could remain intact after this game with another solid performance.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Northern Ireland 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic Sep 4, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland Sep 1, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland Jun 10, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Northern Ireland 1-0 New Zealand Jun 2, 2017 International Friendly
W Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway Mar 26, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

Germany 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Germany 6-0 Norway Sep 4, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Czech Republic 1-2 Germany Sep 1, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Chile 0-1 Germany Jul 2, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
W Germany 4-1 Mexico Jun 29, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
W Germany 3-1 Cameroon Jun 25, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland Oct 11, 2016 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany Jun 21, 2016 European Championship
Northern Ireland 1-4 Germany Jun 4, 2005 International Friendly

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