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Match Preview: Northern Ireland vs Germany

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Group C leaders Northern Ireland will welcome Germany to the Windsor Park in Belfast tomorrow evening at 20:45 (CET).

Northern Ireland will be looking to maintain their perfect score in the European Qualifiers when they host Germany on Monday evening.

The Norn Iron has registered four wins in four games in the qualifiers so far, with their biggest test coming up in the next round.

They are yet to face group favorites Germany and Netherlands though, each of them twice, before the end of the qualifying campaign. A potential victory tomorrow would be a big step towards securing their second consecutive appearance at the UEFA EURO.

Germany will travel to Belfast after a 4-2 home defeat to the Netherlands back on Friday. It was their first in the European Qualifiers, after starting out with three wins in three games before that.

A win would see Die Mannschaft level with Northern Ireland on the top of Group C with 12 points.

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Northern Ireland will be without Rangers winger Jordan Jones who will miss the next six months after a nasty injury he sustained in the Old Firm derby last weekend.

Another Scottish Premiership star, the Hearts defender Michael Smith is also out for the hosts, as he pulled out of the squad with hamstring problems.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Joachim Low, as he is without Premier League stars Leroy Sane and Antonio Rudiger.

Gnabry should keep is place in the starting XI after scoring his eighth goal in nine appearances against the Netherlands, probably alongside Marco Reus and Timo Werner.


Germany with 15 goals only trail Russia (17), Italy (16) and France (16) as the highest-scoring teams in the qualifiers, but they’ve also played one game fewer than these three sides.

Northern Ireland’s most recent defeat came in November last year, noting five consecutive wins in the process. The hosts are yet to lose in 2019.

The sides met each other in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with Germany winning both games with a two-goal margin. (2-0 and 3-1)

Die Mannschaft have kept only three clean sheets in their last ten matches. Two of them came against minnows Belarus and Estonia.

They have, however, won each of their last seven encounters with Northern Ireland, with the Norn Iron’s most recent win going back to November 1983.

The hosts have played at only one European Championship so far – the 2016 UEFA EURO in France.

Germany, on the other hand, has appeared in each of the last 12 UEFA EURO editions, winning the tournament on three occasions. Their latest EURO triumph came in 1996 in England.