Germany are looking to round off their successful World Cup qualification campaign with another victory over Armenia on Sunday. The Mountaineers could still have it all to play for though, so the outcome of this fixture is no gimme.
Where and when: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium – 14 November, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Armenia vs. Germany: Sky Sports
Last time: Serge Gnabry opened up with a brace for Germany when these teams met in Stuttgart two months ago, before Marco Reus, Timo Werner, Jonas Hofmann and Karim Adeyemi added to Die Mannschaft’s total in a resounding 6-0 victory.
Armenia v Germany Predictions and Preview
Armenia will have to create a slice of history if they’re to have any chance of keeping their 2022 World Cup qualification hopes alive, when they welcome Germany to the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium on Sunday.
The Mountaineers have never beaten Die Mannschaft in four previous attempts, losing on each occasion and conceding 21 goals in the process at an average of more than five per game. It doesn’t look good for Armenia, but is there a chance Germany won’t be at the races given their place at Qatar 2022 has long been sewn up?
Hansi Flick has made a superb start to life in his new role as the German manager, after succeeding long-time boss Joachim Löw in the wake of this summer’s Euro 2020. The former Bayern Munich coach won all of his first five World Cup qualifiers, prior to Thursday’s home game against Liechtenstein, scoring 18 goals and conceding only one in the process.
Armenia will find it incredibly difficult to create chances against their visitors, so they will need the likes of captain and record goalscorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be clinical when opportunities arise. Depending on the result of their home game against North Macedonia on Thursday though, Armenia could still be in with a chance of reaching the play-offs in this game.
The Mountaineers can take some heart from North Macedonia’s shock victory in Germany earlier in this group, showing Die Mannschaft are far from infallible against teams they’re expected to beat. Even so, the home win looks a real stretch in this Armenia v Germany preview, with the away team the strong favourites to end their campaign with another three points.
The visitors may be missing the likes of Timo Werner through injury, but in Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus and Leroy Sane, this German squad is packed with the sort of attacking quality that show overpower Armenia once again. However, the attitudes of both sets of players could prove crucial, with the home team potentially having it all to play for on Sunday evening.
One to watch for Armenia: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the standout talent in the Armenia squad, and you feel he will need to be on top form if the Mountaineers are to scale the heights and pick up what would be a monumental victory in these Armenia v Germany predictions.
One to watch for Germany: Serge Gnabry has a superb international record with 20 goals from his first 31 caps. The Bayern Munich forward broke the deadlock in the reverse fixture and is one to watch in the first goalscorer market once again this weekend.
Long shot: Any sort of result for Armenia would constitute a real long shot. If the Mountaineers are to cause a seismic shock, they’re probably going to have to rely on their visitors’ forward players having an off day. If they do, and should the hosts manage to take one of their chances, a 1-0 home win could come into play in these Armenia v Germany tips.