- Venue: Borussia Park
- Wednesday: November 16th, 20:45
- Referee: Orel Grinfeld
It was thought that Germany could dominate international football for several years to come following their triumph at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, but a poor performance in Russia 2018 surprised many experts. Yet, according to one saying, ‘Never write off the Germans’ as they host this crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Belarus. A point may suffice for Germany to earn their passage to the Summer tournament bur the visitors have only beaten Estonia in this group. Despite a reasonable performance in the recent Nations Cup, it is conceivable that Belarus may not pose much of a threat in this game with the Germans potentially scoring several goals.
The poor World Cup 2018 form of Germany continued into the Nations Cup in which they failed to win any of their group matches and earned just two points. However, there are signs of a return to former glories this year with the Germans losing just one of their Euro qualifiers when beaten 4-2 by Netherlands in Hamburg after winning the reverse fixture 3-2 in Amsterdam. Germany have scored at least twice in winning each of their other five matches including the 8-0 trouncing of Estonia, and while qualification may not be guaranteed in winning this game, they may still wish to end their home campaign in emphatic style.
Visitors Belarus were beaten 2-0 by Germany in the reverse fixture, and with four defeats already incurred in this group, a top-two position is no longer possible. The only victory for Belarus was secured when scoring a very late goal in Estonia to claim a 2-1 win, but their performance when winning a league in the Nations Cup entitles the team to progress into the playoffs for this tournament. It is likely that the Belarusians will seek to give a good account of themselves in Germany but under no real pressure to earn a result.
|08.06.19||Belarus 0:2 Germany||ECQ|
|27.05.08||Germany 2:2 Belarus||FR|
Kai Havertz will miss this game for Germany having injured a leg muscle at the weekend when playing for Bayer Leverkusen. Marco Reus has also withdrawn from the squad after aggravating an ankle problem at the weekend. Leroy Sane (knee), Niklas Sule (knee), Antonio Rudiger (hip), Jan Kehrer (foot) and Marcel Halstenberg (thigh) are also absentees, but Niklas Stark (broken nose) should be available. Emre Can is suspended for this match.
Belarus have fewer injury problems than their hosts, but Pavel Savitski (ankle), Ivan Bakhar (ankle), Sergei Politevich (knee) will not feature in this game.
Having netted in each of their last eleven international matches, it is quite likely that Germany will also score at least once in this contest especially as they have scored two or more goals in their latest eight fixtures including that June 8-0 victory. Opponents Belarus may not be as goal-hungry as their hosts, but they were narrowly beaten 2-1 in France during a 2017 World Cup qualifier and scored in two away matches during the current group phase. Belarus are unlikely to win this match but scoring a goal in Germany will be their target. Therefore, a good bet may be for Over 3.5 goals at 4/5 with bet365.
A second pick is for Timo Werner to score 2 or more goals offered at 13/8 by bet365. The in-form Leipzig striker disappointed for Germany during the 2018 World Cup, but in recent weeks, he has been prolific for his club. Werner has netted seven goals in his last four competitive matches, and he has also appeared on the score sheet in two of the latest four German international games. With Germany predicted to score a few goals in this match, Werner could extend his excellent recent domestic form into the international arena.
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