Germany are aiming to continue their upward trajectory when they host Romania at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion in World Cup 2022 qualifying. Die Mannschaft have a 100% record since Hansi Flick took over and are the clear favourites to retain that status on Friday night.
Where and when: Volksparkstadion – 8 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany vs. Romania: Sky Sports
Last time: Serge Gnabry scored the only goal of the game as Germany beat Romania 1-0 in Bucharest back in March.
Germany v Romania Predictions and Preview
Germany may have only recorded a narrow victory over Romania when these countries met just over six months ago, but there’s been a seismic change for Die Mannschaft in the intervening time. Joachim Low’s remarkable reign as manager came to an end after Euro 2020, with former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick making a great start at the helm.
It seemed clear that change was needed to refresh this German squad, and that change has come from the top. Die Mannschaft have won all three of their matches under Flick without conceding a single goal, scoring 12 times at the other end on their way to beating Liechtenstein and Iceland away, as well as Armenia at home.
Those countries are hardly world beaters, but considering the Germans lost 2-1 at home to minnows North Macedonia earlier in this World Cup qualification group, their improvement has been marked. The home team are looking to further banish their disappointing performance at the Euros – where they lost to England in the round of 16 – by winning this game.
Flick’s side are the overwhelming favourites at 1/8 in these Germany v Romania predictions, as they look to make it six wins from seven and extend their lead at the top of Group J. The visitors head into this game third behind Armenia after three wins, one draw and two defeats, so they’ve got everything to play for in their final four fixtures. The Tricolours are out at 28/1 for the win here though, with the draw priced at 11/1.
Romania coach Mirel Radoi can call on names such as Ianis Hagi, Vlad Chiriches and Claudiu Keseru for this game. However, with the likes of Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane coming at them, there appears little hope of the away team getting any form of result from this trip to Hamburg.
One to watch for Germany: Kai Havertz has made a good start to the new season and with five goals from 20 caps, he is 5/1 to open the scoring in these Germany v Romania predictions.
One to watch for Romania: Ianis Hagi has sizeable footsteps to follow in thanks to his father, with the talented Rangers man priced at 33/1 to add to his reputation with the opener on Friday night.
Long shot: Germany have scored an average of exactly four goals per game so far under Flick, while conceding zero times under their new boss. Die Mannschaft are 39/5 to win this game 4-0, rising to 39/1 with Werner scoring first.