Preview: Germany vs Armenia – prediction, team news, lineups, where to watch
Germany will look to overtake Armenia to the top of Group J when the two teams meet in their qualifying section for the 2022 World Cup on Sunday night.
Hansi Flick’s team will enter the match after a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday, while Armenia drew goalless against North Macedonia that same night.
Germany’s first Flick match ended in a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday night, with Timo Werner and Leroy Sane scoring the goals for the Germans, who had 29 shots against the minnows but struggled to convert. his dominance in goals.
Die Mannschaft, who has won the World Cup four times, was eliminated by England in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 and thus hopes to show improvement in next year’s competition in Qatar.
Germany opened their Group J campaign with back-to-back victories over Iceland and Romania before suffering a surprising 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia in late March, allowing Armenia to move to the top of the section, a further indication. of the importance of the Sunday contest.
Thursday’s win over Liechtenstein was important for the Flick team, but a disappointing result this weekend would allow Armenia to move more clearly, while also opening the door for North Macedonia and Romania, in third and fourth places respectively, to gain ground in the section.
Germany have only faced Armenia on three previous occasions and have been victorious in every competition, including a 6-1 win when the two teams last met in a friendly in June 2014.
Armenia, as mentioned, will enter Sunday’s game after a goalless draw with North Macedonia on Thursday; the result followed three consecutive victories over Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Romania in the section, allowing the nation to move to the top of Group J.
A total of 10 points from four games has left Armenia at the top of the group, one point above Germany, which is in second place, and the Collective Team is competing to qualify for its first World Cup.
Joaquín Caparros’s team suffered a 3-1 loss to Sweden in a friendly in early June, but have not actually lost a competitive match since September 2020, when they were beaten 2-1 to North Macedonia in UEFA. Nations League.
Armenia will certainly believe that they are capable of claiming a place in the top two in this section, while a win over Germany on Sunday would put them in a strong position at the top, although there is a lot of football to play before qualifying. the campaign is finished.
Germany possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Baku, Sule, Rudiger, Gosens; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Havertz, Sane; Werner
Armenia possible starting lineup:
Yurchenko; Hambardzumyan, Calisir, Voskanyan, Hovhannisyan; Udo, Grigoryan, Bichakhchyan; Barsaeghyan, Adamyan, Mkhitaryan
We say: Germany 2-1 Armenia
Armenia is a strong team and will have a good chance of causing a lot of trouble for Germany on Sunday night. This could be a really tough match for the hosts, and we expect them to suffer, but it’s hard to predict anything other than a win for the Flick team.