Enjoying a stellar start to their Group C campaign, Northern Ireland are the only team to still boast a 100% start during qualifying and the mood in their camp continues to sore as Germany make the trip to Belfast on Monday night.
Picking up a 1-0 win over Luxembourg at Windsor Park on Thursday, Michael O’Neill’s men have also secured back-to-back victories over Estonia and Belarus.
Although the Greens might hold a three-point buffer over the leading pack at the top of Group C, Northern Ireland will undeniably face their tough test when Germany travel to Windsor Park on Monday.
While the former European champions might be coming off the back of a surprise 4-2 defeat at home to Holland over the weekend, Monday’s visitors do hold a very impressive record against O’Neill’s men.
Germany have won each of their last seven matches against Northern Ireland, including a 3-1 victory back in October 2017.
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Northern Ireland’s stellar run continues
Although they may have needed an own-goal to come past Luxembourg on Thursday, Head Coach Michael O’Neill elected to go with youth at Windsor Park and handed out three debuts.
While the mood around Belfast might be at a continued high, Northern Ireland still remain a huge underdog with the bookmakers to secure an automatic route out of Group C.
Also facing a trip to Holland next month after hosting Germany on Monday, the hosts can currently be found at 5/1 with Ladbrokes to secure a top-two finish come November.
Elsewhere, one man who appears to be in line for a recall to O’Neill’s starting XI on Monday night is Hearts striker Conor Washington.
Rested for their victory over Luxembourg last week, the Northern Ireland boss has confirmed that he has kept the former QPR and Sheffield United man “wrapped him up in cotton wool”.
Washington will likely be joined by 34-year-old Steven Davis who will earn his 113th cap and will become the Greens’ leading outfield appearance maker.
Germany in need of a response
Although three consecutive wins over Holland, Estonia, and Belarus may have had many around Germany dreaming of a revival, Head Coach Joachim Löw saw his side come crashing back down to earth over the weekend.
Shipping four against their bitter rivals after taking an early lead, Die Mannschaft now hold just a three-point buffer over the Oranges and the Dutch also hold a game in hand.
Electing to largely turn to youth over the past 15 months, a huge part of Germany’s continued issues has been their form on the road.
Löw’s men have lost four of their last six matches away from home soil, including a 2-1 loss away at Austria last year.
Elsewhere, one man to watch out for on Monday will be former Arsenal starlet Serge Gnabry.
Opening the scoring against Holland out in Hamburg over the weekend, the Bayern Munich winger already has four Group C goals to his name can be found at 8/5 with Bet36 to extend that run in Belfast.