Euro 2020 Qualifiers Predictions: Germany vs Belarus
November 17, 2019,
It’s a three-horse race in Group C and two wins this week will guarantee Germany a spot in the Euro finals. They face Belarus in first of those 2 games on Saturday night.
Germany have 5 wins from 6 games of Euro 2020 and are currently 2nd in Group C on head to head record with Netherlands, who face Northern Ireland, another team still in the race.
Meanwhile, Belarus are already out of reckoning having one just 1 of their 7 games and would like to sign off on a high. However, they are still in the play-offs courtesy Nations League.
Germany’s performance in European Qualifiers:
Emre Can is suspended for Germany after being sent off in their last Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Kai Havertz and Marco Reus have both withdrawn from Germany’s squad through injury.
Germany have altered between a four-man and three-man backline throughout qualification but are expected to go with the former here. With Reus unavailable, Germany may go with a 4-3-3 formation on Saturday.
Nico Schulz will hope to start at left-back as Marcel Halstenberg is not in the Germany squad.
Expected starting XI: Manuel Neuer; Lukas Klostermann, Niklas Sule, Matthias Ginter, Nico Schulz; Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich; Julian Brandt, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry.
Belarus’s performance in European Qualifiers:
Belarus did well against the Netherlands in their last Euro 2020 Qualifier, only losing 2-1 to the Group C leaders, and may feel inclined to go with the same approach on Saturday night.
Pavel Savitski, Ivan Bakhar and Sergei Politevich are sidelined.
They will stick to a 4-5-1 formation.
Expected starting XI: Aleksandr Gutor; Denis Polyakov, Aleksandr Martynovich, Nikita Naumov, Sergey Matveychik; Ivan Maevski, Evgeni Yablonski, Stanislav Dragun, Igor Stasevich, Yuri Kovalev; Denis Laptev.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers Predicted Results:
- Since being hammered 4-0 in their first qualifier, Belarus have proved relatively difficult to break down. They have only lost by more than a one-goal margin in one group game since then, though that was at home to Germany. However, Germany shouldn’t find it difficult to earn 3 points.
- Belarus have only lost one of their last three Euro 2020 qualifiers but it would be a huge shock if they picked up a point or three on Saturday, given Germany have won 5 of their last 6 European Championship matches. Germany should run out comfortable winners in the end.
- Germany have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 European Championship matches and should be able to do once again.
- Germany have only won one of their last five home games, 3 draws. However, Belarus might find Germany too hard to handle.
- Germany have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches, having only kept two in their previous 16 games. They have only conceded against the Netherlands and it is likely to stay that way. Belarus have only scored four goals in their last eight games and might find it difficult to break the deadlock.
- Serge Gnabry has scored ten goals in his first 11 appearances for Germany and might be able to find the back of the net once again.
- İlkay Gündoğan scored twice in a match for Germany for the first time in their last game, the 3-0 win in Estonia. However, asking him to repeat the feet might be too much.
- Belarus have conceded 13 goals in their last eight Euro 2020 matches, having only shipped three in their previous ten games.
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