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Germany vs North Macedonia: Predictions
Joachim Löw’s side have got off to the perfect start in their 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier group as they aim to return to the biggest competition in world football with a vengeance following their humiliating performance in 2018 which saw them knocked out at the group stage.
North Macedonia bounced back after their incredible game against Romania on the opening day of the qualification group. Igor Angelovski thought his side had earned would what have been a stunning draw with goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes which were merely false hope as Romania scored an 85th-minute winner in an incredible 3-2 win.
Germany entered the qualification stages after a humiliating 6-0 defeat in November against Spain, but the players seem to have put that defeat in the past having won both of their opening games against Iceland (3-0) and Romania (1-0) – with four different players scoring their four goals.
The 85th-ranked side in the world beat Lichtenstein (181st-ranked) but face a completely different level of opposition on Wednesday as they travel to Duisburg to play the four-time World Cup winners.
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Germany vs North Macedonia: Match Stats
Timo Werner has not started in either of Germany’s opening two games, however, against lesser opposition there is a chance the Chelsea striker could make the starting XI on Wednesday, given Serge Gnabry has started both games so far. The 25-year-old has hardly set the Premier League on fire since arriving to London but he has found the back of the net 15 times for Germany in his 37 appearances.
The Germans have kept clean sheets in both of their two games in Group J and have limited their two oppositions to just two shots on target each. Both Iceland and Romania rank much higher than Wednesday’s opposition so Manuel Neur could be in for another quiet evening in between the sticks.
These two nations have actually never played against each other across any competition, but the 65th-ranked national side in the world will be hoping they can defy the odds on Wednesday to upset Löw’s side who have dropped down to 13th in the FIFA world rankings.