The World Champions continue their quest towards European qualification as they get ready to play against Poland. The hosts are yet to win against Germany, but Adam Nawalka is confident his team can overcome this hurdle. Both teams won their opening matches, and this match will serve as means to pinpoint which team gets to claim the lead of the group.
This Poland team is perhaps one of the most talented the country has to offer. A great number of players come from strong European championship which only adds to the thrilling factor of the clash. Blaszczykowski hasn’t recovered from his injury, but other than that all players are available for selection. Borussia Dortmund’s Piszczek has recovered from a knock he got in one of the Bundesliga matches and is tipped to start in the defense, while Arsenal’s Szczesny will guard the goal line. Poland’s main star is of course their captain, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, tipped to score with 3.00 odds by William Hill.
Poland’s captain has stated time and time again that while he knows most German players very good, he would be very happy if either of his teammates scored, as doing so against Manuel Neuer is a difficult task. The group itself with Scotland and Ireland is not an easy task either, but Poland won their opening match against Gibraltar with 0-7, which shows they have no issues in front of the goal.
Germany is once again hit by injury worries as the latest victim is Arsenal’s Mesut Özil, said to be missing out on at least three months after a partial tear in the ligaments of his knee. This only adds to Joachim Löw missing out on Höwedes, Badstuber, Gomez, Khedira, Reus and of course, Germany’s newly appointed captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. Manuel Neuer is set to keep the armband, while Schweinsteiger could return already next year. Despite all the injuries, and all the new names Löw has called up to the squad, Germany remains a force to be reckoned with in attack.
They won their opening match against Scotland with a brace from Müller, but their goal could be led by other players, like Mario Götze and Andre Schürrle at 2.20 odds to score anytime with William Hill. Germany is also looking forward into improving another statistics; they have not lost an away qualification game in 14 years, which puts the pressure on the hosts to break said record and make one of their own.
The bookmakers favor Die Mannschaft to win this match for several reasons: be it for the fact that Mats Hummels is finally back from injury or the fact that they have finally learned to play until the last whistle even if they’re losing. William Hill gives Germany 1.53 odds for an outright win, Poland got 6.50 odds to produce an upset and another draw between the two has 4.00 odds. Their headline offers are: Lewandowski to score and Poland to win at 11.00 and Götze to score and Germany to win at 3.00.
Both teams have problems in defense, which is why the bets on goals get more value as the match approaches. Germany for both halves has 2.30 odds, Poland 9.50, and we’re betting 8 units on Lewandowski or Müller to score first at 3.00 with William Hill, but the bookmaker will return your stake in the form of a free bet if your first goalscorer nets the second goal.
Poland: Team’s Formation
Germany: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Robert Lewandowski or Thomas Müller to score first