Northern Ireland will be wondering what might have been if Steven Davis had been able to convert his penalty during their 0-0 draw with the Netherlands on Saturday.
Unfortunately for though for the Green and White Army, the Rangers man blazed his spot kick over the bar and ended their hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020.
At Northern Ireland’s expense Germany were able to seal their place at the competition with a 4-0 win over Belarus.
They’ll now be looking to guarantee top spot in Group C, and give themselves a chance of getting a better seeding when the draw for next summer comes around.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Tuesday 19th November|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Commerzbank-Arena|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Football|
|Referee?||Carlos del Cerro Grande|
Joachim Low’s announcement that he would no longer select Mats Hummels or Jerome Boateng has left Germany with something of a defensive crisis after injuries to Niklas Sule and Antonio Rudiger, meaning that Mathias Ginter and Robin Koch will likely start at the back.
They are as strong as ever up front though, with the in-form Serge Gnabry – who has five goals in six Euro 2020 qualifiers – set to start alongside Timo Werner.
For Northern Ireland, Hull City’s Josh Magennis is expected to lead the line again after coming very close to scoring against the Netherlands.
Jonny Evans has been part of the Leiceser City defence that has conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League, and will form a familiar back four along side Craig Catchcart, Stuart Dallas and Jamal Lewis.
|Germany||Neuer; Klostermann, Ginter, Koch, Schulz; Kroos, Kimmich, Gundogan; Werner, Gnabry, Goretzka.|
|Northern Ireland||Peacock-Farrell; Dallas, Cathcart, J Evans, Lewis; S Davis, C Evans; Saville, McNair, Whyte; Magennis.|
Head to Head Record
There was a period between 1983 and 1996 when Northern Ireland went five games unbeaten against Germany, winning two and drawing three.
Since then though, the Germans have won every one of the eight fixtures the two sides have played against one another.
The pair’s highest profile meeting came in the 1958 World Cup where they drew 2-2 in a group game.
Germany have been the best team in this Group so far, losing just once in a thrilling match against their fierce rivals Holland.
However, they could still end up coming second in the group if they fail to win, with the Dutch expected to comfortably beat Estonia, meaning that there is still all to play for.
Northern Ireland on the other hand have punched well above their weight in a horribly difficult group, winning all their games apart from those against Germany and the Netherlands.
They must now console themselves with a playoff place next year if they wish to qualify for a second European Championships in a row.
Here’s how the two have fared in their last five matches…
|Germany 4-0 Belarus (16/11)||Northern Ireland 0-0 Netherlands (16/11)|
|Estonia 0-3 Germany (13/10)||Czech Republic 2-3 Northern Ireland (14/10)|
|Germany 2-2 Argentina (9/10)||Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland (10/10)|
|Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany (9/9)||Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany (9/9)|
|Germany 2-4 Netherlands (6/9)||Northern Ireland 1-0 Luxembourg (5/9)|
With so much at stake for Germany, and so little to play for for Northern Ireland, you would have to make the hosts strong favourites.
However, momentum will be important for the Green and White Army as they head into next year’s playoffs, so they’ll want to avoid a hammering.
Prediction: Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland