Four-time champions Germany begin their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a home game against Iceland on Thursday night. It’s another tough ask for the visitors following difficult Nations League and Euro 2020 qualification campaigns, with the home team the heavy favourites for the win.
Where and when: Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena – 25 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany vs. Iceland: Sky Sports
Last time: Michael Ballack, Fredi Bobic and Kevin Kuranyi were the goalscorers as Germany beat Iceland 3-0 the last time the countries met, which was back in 2003 in qualifying for the following year’s European Championship.
Germany v Iceland Predictions and Preview
Despite Iceland rising to greater prominence over recent years following their memorable Euro 2016 campaign, Our Boys haven’t played European giants Germany in almost 18 years. That changes this week, but the outcome is likely to be the same as the last time these countries met.
Germany are in action for the first time since Joachim Low announced his 15-year reign as his country’s manager will come to an end following their Euro 2020 campaign. Not entirely unexpected, it remains a seminal moment in Die Mannschaft’s rich history.
A significant period of transition and change is now imminent, with the impact that has on Germany’s players yet to be seen. The German squad will perhaps be under a little more scrutiny than prior to this month’s announcement, but it should be able to cope with the challenge that poses.
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Low has stuck to his guns with respect to big-name absentees such as Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, but he can still call on talents including Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane and Joshua Kimmich.
Ilkay Gundogan has been in superb form for Manchester City this season, while Manuel Neuer is approaching his century of caps and Antonio Rudiger has rediscovered his form under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
Jamal Muisala is in line to make his debut after choosing to represent Germany over England, with Die Mannschaft looking to bounce back from their Nations League humiliation at the hands of Spain in November.
Germany haven’t played since they were humbled 6-0 in Seville, bringing an end to their 12-match unbeaten run. Die Nationalelf did draw five of those games though, in a further sign that Low’s cycle as manager has perhaps been coming to an end for some time.
Another stalemate on Thursday is 33/4 in the betting, but Germany remain the odds-on favourites at 1/8 with William Hill. The visitors are out at 22/1 with the same bookmaker in these Germany v Iceland predictions, as they look to halt an alarming dip in form.
Perhaps punching above their weight in terms of their Nations League group allocation, Iceland nonetheless come into this game on the back of a run of seven defeats in their last eight games. That includes losses in all six of their Nations League matches against England, Belgium and Denmark.
Arnar Vidarsson needs to get his players tight and organised here, otherwise it’s going to be a long night for Our Boys. Even if this current Germany vintage is far from their best, Iceland are the huge underdogs for a reason.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner may be taking a little time to adapt to the Premier League, but the 25-year-old is an exceptional talent. He may find it tough to fully utilise his pace against an Iceland defender that’s likely to sit in deep, but the Chelsea striker has three goals in his last three international appearances and is one to look out for in the first scorer market.
One to watch for Iceland: Birkir Bjarnason was a key figure for Our Boys in their run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. The 32-year-old midfielder is closing in on a century of appearances for his country, and could be worth a shout in the anytime scorer market after netting 13 goals in his first 92 games for Iceland.
Long shot: The last meeting between these two teams produced a 3-0 win for Die Mannschaft, with the same result here priced at 11/2. However, if you fancy the visitors to upset the odds, you can back a 1-0 away win at 60/1 in one of unlikelier Germany v Iceland tips.