Germany secured their place at Euro 2020 on Saturday with a comfortable home win over Belarus. A win in this one will guarantee that they take the top spot, not that it matters. Northern Ireland’s slim chances of automatic qualification faded on Saturday as they were held to a home draw by the Netherlands. Read our Germany vs Northern Ireland betting tips for more.
Northern Ireland 14/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 16th, 2019 at 8:18 p.m.)
A 4-0 home win by Germany was secured over Belarus on Saturday leaving them top of Group C by two points over the Netherlands. That continued a strong scoring streak of form that they have been on. Germany have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight internationals (competitive and friendly). So they are in good shape and have posted a W2 L1 record on home soil in this campaign, the reverse happening against the Netherlands.
German’s scoring on the weekend took them up to 24 goals in seven games, a scoring rate which is likely going to pose Northern Ireland some problems. Die Mannschaft have tallied up 14 goals in their three home games played. The loss against the Dutch in this campaign is the only home defeat that the Germans have suffered since the end of last year’s World Cup, part of a W4 D4 L1 record taken in that sequence. It has been just two home wins in their last six (competitive and friendly).
Germany are on an eight-match winning streak against the Irish
NI are D3 L8 in their eleven previous games against the Germans
Germany have conceded one goal only in their last four against the Irish
NI last visited Germany in 2016 and lost 2-0
Northern Ireland had to beat the Netherlands on Saturday to stand a chance of qualifying for Euro 2020 automatically. They could only play out a 0-0 draw, the key moment being a missed first-half penalty by Steven Davis. So the Irish will be going to the playoffs now. So nothing is riding on this game other than the chance to get a major lift of confidence by beating one of the best in the world.
That’s easier said than done though of course. Northern Ireland have won three of their last four away games (L1), and in this qualification campaign, they have won at Estonia and Belarus, while they lost 3-1 in the Netherlands. In European Championship qualification away games, the loss against the Dutch is the only one of two defeats that the Irish have suffered in their last eight such fixtures (W5 D1 L2). For a side who have scored 8 goals in 7 qualification matches, overpowering the Germans is going to be tough.
Unfortunately for Northern Ireland, a lack of goal-scoring threat is probably going to trip them up again against one of the stronger nations. Germany are delivering well in front of goal and with no pressure, a home win to nil looks a decent proposition.
18th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting