Germany host Armenia in Stuttgart on Sunday evening in a in a must-win clash from World Cup qualification. The visitors currently sit first in Group J with 10 points, one more than Die Mannschaft, but Romania and North Macedonia are also in contention to grab one of the top spots.
Where and when: Mercedes-Benz Arena – 5 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Liechtenstein vs. Germany: Sky Sports
Last time: Germany thrashed Armenia 6-1 the last time these countries met in a friendly that took place in Mainz back in 2014. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal for the visitors, while Lukasz Podolski (2), Andre Schurrle, Benedikt Howedes, Miroslav Klose and Mario Gotze were on target for Die Mannschaft.
Germany v Armenia Predictions and Preview
Germany started off their post-Joachim Low era with an expected, but somewhat unspectacular, 2-0 win against Liechtenstein on Thursday. Timo Werner and Leroy Sane scored the goals for Die Mannschaft and marked Hansi Flick’s debut on the bench with a victory and a clean sheet.
However, the ex-Bayern Munich tactician has plenty of work to do in Group J, which also contains Armenia, North Macedonia, Romania and Iceland. Germany are currently second with nine points, trailing by one to Armenia, but North Macedonia and Romania are not far behind, so Die Mannschaft must win their next game on Sunday, when they host the group leaders.
Die Mannschaft have registered resounding victories in all of their three clashes against Armenia throughout the years and boast a commanding 15-2 goal difference. However, Germany need to be careful, as they were embarrassed in their last home game in the group after losing 2-1 to North Macedonia.
Unlike his predecessor, who used Joshua Kimmich mainly as a right-back, Flick played the 26-year-old in midfield against Liechtenstein. It’s hard to judge whether this was successful or not against the minnows, but getting Kimmich on the ball more often is a move that should give Germany more control over better opposition.
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Armenia, meanwhile, missed a golden opportunity to maintain a healthy lead at the top of the group on Thursday when Joaquin Caparros’ men were held to a goalless draw against North Macedonia. This result means that at the moment there are four teams separated by only four points, so each game becomes crucial at this stage.
Armenia had won their previous three games, but need to play Germany twice, so Henrikh Mkhitaryan must not lose steam in the remaining six fixtures. The former Manchester United and Arsenal midfielder is the only Armenian player who has scored against Germany since 1996, but it’s unlikely he keeps fond memories of that strike, as it came in a 6-1 defeat back in 2014.
Armenia have just one defeat in their last 11 games, but Caparros’ side are winless in their last three and have shown some signs of slowing down. The 0-0 draw against North Macedonia was only Armenia’s second clean sheet in their last 21 away games, so Germany should be confident of breaking down the visitors.
The hosts are heavy 1/20 favourites on Sunday, so you can also take a look at the Handicap market, with Germany -1 being rated at 1/6 and -2 at 8/15. The draw is priced at 10/1, while what would be a shocking victory for Armenia is available at 40/1.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner scored the opener in the 2-0 victory against Liechtenstein and the 25-year-old Chelsea forward, who scored only six Premier League goals last term, will be eager to build some momentum. He is one of the favourites to break the deadlock on Sunday.
One to watch for Armenia: Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted 13 times for AS Roma last season and has already opened his account for the Giallorossi this season. The former Borussia Dortmund man is the top scorer in Armenia’s history with 30 goals, so he will be the main threat to Germany on Sunday and one to watch in the first scorer market.
Long shot: Germany have scored at least four goals in each of their three games against Armenia so far. However, putting the Liechtenstein win aside, Die Mannschaft have been unable to keep clean sheets lately, so don’t be surprised if Armenia get on the scoresheet as well. A 4-1 win for Germany is priced at 12/1, while those odds rise further if you pair that scoreline with Werner to score anytime.