Northern Ireland vs Germany betting tips: Euro 2020 qualifier match preview & predictions

Northern Ireland vs Germany prediction: Northern Ireland 1-2 Germany

A huge night in store in Belfast.

Northern Ireland currently sit top of Group C but that will change if they are beaten here.

With Germany and Netherlands also in this group, it was always going to be incredibly tough for the Green and White Army to qualify.

But, if they could pull off a huge shock here, they’d take a massive step towards Euro 2020.

Will it be one of the most famous nights Windsor Park has ever witnessed?

Highlights of Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland

Highlights of Germany 2-4 Netherlands

Northern Ireland vs Germany: Who will win?

Northern Ireland are massive underdogs to win this one at 15/2.

Germany won in Belfast as recently as October 2017 and are 4/11 to repeat that victory.

Even a draw would be a great achievement for the home side and that is 19/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/6.

Both teams to score is evens.

Germany to win and both teams to score is 2/1.

KAZAN, RUSSIA – JUNE 27: Thomas Müller of Germany gives his team instructions during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Josh Magennis has been Northern Ireland’s main man in these qualifiers. He is 12/1 to break the deadlock and 4/1 to score anytime.

Conor Washington could also be a threat. He is also 12/1 to score first and is 4/1 to net anytime.

Serge Gnabry has been on fire for Germany. The Bayern Munich winger is 14/5 to score first and 19/20 odds on to net again.

Timo Werner meanwhile has scored five goals in three Bundesliga games for RB Leipzig this season. He is 7/2 to score first and 11/10 to score anytime.

Both Magennis and Washington to score is 26/1

Both Gnabry and Werner to score is 4/1.

Both İlkay Gündoğan and Marco Reus to score is 12/1.

Northern Ireland vs Germany: Match preview

Northern Ireland’s start to qualification could not have been any better.

Back in March, they kicked off with a 2-0 home win over Estonia.

Then, three days later, Josh Magennis’ 87th minute goal saw them to a narrow 2-1 victory over Belarus, also at Windsor Park.

Then, in June, they faced the same opponents in the same order but it was always going to be far tougher as both were away from home this time.

First up, they were in Tallinn but found themselves a goal down at half time.

But, Conor Washington equalised in the 77th minute before Magennis won it less than three minutes later.

Three days later in Barysaŭ, they left it late for a third game running.

It took them until the 86th minute to break Belarus down but Paddy McNair’s first international goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win.

Four wins out of four: Top of the group.

However, it only gets tougher from here.

Their remaining four qualifiers are all against Germany and the Netherlands starting with this one.

But, they have given themselves the best possible opportunity to, somehow, finish above one of those two heavyweights.

On Thursday night, they warmed up for this one with a 1-0 friendly home win over Luxembourg.

A bizarre own goal settled that one.

So, with maximum points on the board and the knowledge that they’re almost certainly guaranteed a UEFA Nations League play-off place, Northern Ireland should have no fear going into these final four games.

If they are to pick up any points, it’s likely to be at home so can they cause a massive upset here?

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

Can Germany get back on track?

As for Germany, they have certainly had a disappointing 18 months or so.

Last summer, of course, they crashed out of the FIFA World Cup, as holders, in the group stages for the first time since 1938.

Then, they were relegated from their UEFA Nations League A group; amassing just two points in League A1 which also featured France and Netherlands.

For this reason, it was vital that they began European Championship qualifying well.

But, their first game was against familiar opposition, the Netherlands at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

In Amsterdam, Die Mannschaft rushed into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Leroy Sané and then Serge Gnabry.

But, by the hour mark, the hosts had pegged them back to 2-2.

Nevertheless, in stoppage time, Nico Schulz got his first competitive international goal to steal a 3-2 win.

Just the start they needed.

That was followed by back-to-back wins in June over the two minnows of Group C.

Germany won 2-0 in Belarus before hammering Estonia 8-0 in Mainz three days later.

That meant they’d won 14 qualification matches in a row, their longest ever such run.

But, that came to an abrupt end on Friday night, as they met Netherlands for the fourth time in seven competitive matches.

Germany did actually lead at half time at Volksparkstadion; Serge Gnabry’s ninth minute goal the difference at the break.

But, by the 66th minute, Netherlands were in front.

Oranje equalised just after the interval before an own goal from Jonathan Tah saw them in front.

But they were only ahead for seven minutes; Toni Kroos’ penalty making it 2-2.

However, two late goals won it for Holland as they left Hamburg 4-2 victors.

That was Germany’s first defeat in a home competitive international since 17 October 2007.

That means in Group C: Northern Ireland have 12 points, Germany have nine points and Netherlands six.

Holland do have a game in hand on both of those above them.

Everyone expects Germany and Netherlands to qualify from this group and, a win here, would see them go top of Group C.

Northern Ireland team news vs Germany

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ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Michael O’Neil heavily rotated for the friendly against Luxembourg on Thursday, giving three senior international debuts.

However, all of his experienced heads will be back in for this one.

Regular number one goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell got some much needed minutes against Luxembourg.

He has started seven of the last eight competitive internationals but has not played a single club minute since joining Burnley in the summer.

In defence, Ciaron Brown made his debut on Thursday and Tom Flanagan won his second cap.

But, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart and Jamal Lewis will all be back in for this one.

In midfield, Shane Ferguson, Corry Evans and Jordan Thompson will all drop back out.

The regulars, Paddy McNair and captain Steven Davis will come back in to join George Saville in midfield.

Davis will move onto 104 caps, eight behind Aaron Hughes and still 15 behind the record holder Pat Jennings.

Up front, Jordan Jones is injured after suffering a knee injury in the Old Firm last weekend.

The hard-working Stuart Dallas is likely to get the nod with Conor Washington and Josh Magennis, the heroes in Estonia, joining him in attack.

Niall McGinn will be an option off the bench.

As will Kyle Lafferty; he’s scored 19 international goals with 15 of those coming in qualifiers but hasn’t played a single minute for his new club Sarpsborg 08 FF this season.

Will it be a famous night at Windsor Park?

Germany team news vs Northern Ireland

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY – MARCH 23: Joachim Löw, Manager of Germany looks on prior to the International friendly match between Germany and Spain at Esprit-Arena on March 23, 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

As for Germany, there has been a high turnover of players since the World Cup debacle.

Only six members of this squad have more than 30 caps and only 11 of the 23 were in Russia 15 months ago.

Despite the fact Marc-André ter Stegen is one of the very best goalkeepers in the world, Manuel Neuer remains the number one and will win his 90th cap.

Joachim Löw is expected to stick with the 3-5-2 formation he picked on Friday night.

Matthias Ginter is the experienced of the back three with only 27 caps.

Antonio Rüdiger is injured and Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels are no longer apart of Löw’s plans.

At wing-back, Nico Schulz started on Friday but has since withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Jonas Hector is likely to come in for him with Lukas Klostermann keeping his place on the right.

Joshua Kimmich will continue is his preferred central position with İlkay Gündoğan coming in for the more attack minded Marco Reus.

Up front, with no Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry will continu to be partnered by Timo Werner.

Gnabry only made his international debut in November 2016 but has since scored eight goals in just nine appearances.

Leon Goretzka, Kai Havertz and Julian Brandt will be amongst the substitutes.

Despite their recent difficulties, this is still a squad full of quality.

Will Germany just have too much quality for Northern Ireland?

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Germany

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Germany

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Germany.

Predicted Germany line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Germany line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Germany line-up vs Northern Ireland.

Highlights of Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia

Highlights of Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus

Highlights of Estonia 1-2 Northern Ireland

Highlights of Netherlands 2-3 Germany

Highlights of Belarus 0-2 Germany

Highlights of Germany 8-0 Estonia

The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Germany

The latest tweets from Germany pre Northern Ireland

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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