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Germany vs Iceland: Predictions
Germany were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stages just four years on from winning the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Die Mannschaft finished dead last of Group F in 2018 after suffering defeats tow both Mexico and then South Korea in their third and final game of the group stage.
Joachim Löw has already announced he will not be taking charge of the side for the 2022 World Cup as he intends to step down from the national side after this summer’s European Championship, however, he will still be aiming to get his side off to the perfect start to secure themselves a place in the tournament.
Iceland have only ever made it to one World Cup tournament, and that came in the 2018 tournament hosted in France. However, they were unable to progress from the group stages in the same way which they did in Euro 2016 where they went on to reach the quarter-finals after beating England in the Round of 16.
Spain inflicted an emphatic 6-0 defeat last time out for the German national side which saw Manchester City’s Fernan Torres bag himself a hat-trick and earned the Spaniards top spot in their Nations League group – with the Germans two points behind in second place.
Germany vs Iceland: Match Stats
Timo Werner has not exactly lit the Premier League up since arriving last summer from RB Leipzig. However, the Chelsea man has scored twice in his last two games for the German national side. In the Premier League this season Werner has only netted five times across his 28 appearances but will be hoping he can add to his 15 goal tally for the national side.
Both sides are coming into the game on the back of heavy defeats in their last games. The Germans conceded six goals against Spain and Iceland taking a 4-0 beating away to England. Both sides will be hoping they can keep it relatively tight at the back as they aim to bounce back in style.
11 October 2003 – Germany 3-0 Iceland – Euro Qualifiers
6 September 2003 – Iceland 0-0 Germany – Euro Qualifiers
Recent meetings between these two sides are few and far between. They both come into the game after suffering heavy defeats and will be looking to get their World Cup Qualifiers off to the perfect start with three points on Thursday night.