Northern Ireland vs Germany Betting Tips & Predictions
Northern Ireland supporters are daring to dream considering that they sit top of a Euro 2020 qualifying group that also includes Germany and the Netherlands.
Michael O’Neill’s side have won all four of their matches so far, although they are yet to face the Germans or Dutch and the first difficult examination takes place at Windsor Park on Monday night where they square off against Joachim Low’s team.
Northern Ireland haven’t put a foot wrong when beating Belarus and Estonia home and away, although it has to be admitted that there is only a small pool of professional players available for selection.
Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart are both Premier League players, although many members of the squad operate for English Championship and Scottish Premiership sides, with Monday’s opponents likely to see plenty of the ball.
Germany are a wounded animal after losing 4-2 at home to the Netherlands on Friday, with Die Mannschaft wary of the challenge awaiting them on Monday evening although there is plenty of class within the ranks.
"Northern Ireland are amazingly robust, they play a lot of long balls. They will sit deeper and we will not have much space, so we need to think of something tactically," Low said ahead of the game.
That will mean switching to a back four and operating with the full-backs in a high attacking position, with this Germany team barely recognisable to the one that won the World Cup in 2014.
However, we are still talking about a side with a strong calibre and we’re likely to see Marco Reus and Toni Kroos dictate things in the midfield position, while Manuel Neuer can prove that he’s a safe pair of hands between the sticks.
At the prices, we like Germany to win and also keeping a clean sheet. It’s a shade of odds-against and perhaps the bookmakers are respecting Northern Ireland a little too much.
Germany win to nil @ 2.05 with bet365