Next Friday, 8, Germany hosts Romania in a duel that could be essential to close the gap on the four-time World Cup champions. In the seventh round of UEFA qualifying, the match could eliminate the Romanians from the race for direct qualification to Qatar in 2022. That leaves only Armenia in the hunt for the Germans, who have just three more matches to play after this one.
Stadium and city where the Germany vs Romania game takes place
The Germans and Romanians will meet at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany. The venue was one of the venues of the 2006 World Cup and also hosted the final of the Europa League in the 2009/2010 season.
Last meeting between the teams
In the first round of the current World Cup qualifiers, Germany won against Romania, 1-0. The only goal of the match was scored by Serge Gnabry early on. The result shows the famous football maxim, referring to the six points games. The Romanians, who were playing at home in this encounter, would have seen their positions in Group J reversed.
Germany is on a perfect run of results, achieved in the last FIFA Date. They played three matches in the qualifiers for the World Cup, with three wins. Highlight for the victory against Armenia, by 6-0, which still took points from the rival. The Germans didn’t concede in any of these matches also draws attention, indicating the lack of another attacking power in the group, apart from the four-time world champions.
Despite the scare suffered by the national team in the opening rounds, when North Macedonia outclassed Germany, the team’s campaign was a good one. In six matches, they have won five and suffered only the setback mentioned above. With 15 points, the Germans are four clear of Armenia, who lie second in Group J, and Hansi Flick’s charges have one of the best defenses in qualifying with only two goals conceded. Their attack is also in fine form, with 17 goals scored this term.
The key absentees
Coach Hansi Flick has only one problem in his starting line-up. Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan is carrying a thigh injury and has not been called up for the FIFA DATE fixtures. Chelsea’s Kai Havertz is one of the possible replacements. Aside from Havertz, Germany have no other notable absentees, so this should be the only change from the starting line-up which beat Iceland.
Just as for Germany, the last FIFA DATE was also positive for Romania. In the past three rounds of matches, Romania has won two and drawn one. However, the defeat against North Macedonia in their most recent game may have complicated their plans. Should the Germans win this head-to-head affair, they would open up an eight-point lead on Mirel Radoi’s side with only three more rounds of qualifying left to play.
One phrase that could define Romania’s campaign in these World Cup qualifiers is ups and downs. Mirel Radoi’s charges, in six games played, have won three times, drawn once, and lost two others. Attacking and defending figures are also similar and hardly eye-catching. The Romanians scored just nine goals in qualifying, while their defensive system conceded six.
The key absentees
Romania has two critical absentees for the next round of qualifiers. In midfield, Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Dragos Nedelcu will be suspended after picking up his second yellow card. Razvan Marin, from Cagliari, will take his place. In the attacking system, coach Mirel Radio will not count on Parma’s Dennis Man, who was left out of the squad after testing positive for Covid. Man’s team-mate Valentin Mihaila is tipped to be in the starting line-up.
Top betting tips for Germany vs Romania
Goal betting tips
Both Germany and Romania have not conceded any goals in their last three games. In other words, the duo’s defensive system seems to be up to scratch. The Germans, who have one of the best defenses in the qualifiers, are expected to be at their best in the last third of the field. As such, we can expect a game with little stirring on the scoreboard, which makes ‘under 3.5 goals’ a good betting option. The odds on this pick at Bet365 stand at 1.80.
Betting tips for the result
Germany is the overwhelming favorite to win the match. A win for Hansi Flick’s men would almost guarantee them a direct ticket to the World Cup. In other words, the Germans are likely to take all the initiative in the match. That’s why another good bet would be to see the four-time world champions win from the end of the first half. This team is rated at 1.44 at Bet365.
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Next Friday, 8, Germany hosts Romania in a duel that could be essential to put the four-time World Cup champions’ spot in the World Cup on the line.
Germany and Romania will face each other at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany.
In the first round of the current World Cup Qualifiers, Germany won 1-0 against Romania.
The bookmaker with the best odds for this match is Bet365!