Die Mannschaft’s failure to progress in the last four of UEFA Nations League 2020 plus their humiliating historic 0-6 loss from Spain should be hurtful. No wonder that Joachiem Loew finally called it for a day of his resignation after EURO. Yet, he has to lead his team for the first three games in World Cup European qualifiers with the match against Iceland as an opener.
Both teams’ latest news
Jogi Loew surprisingly left out Toni Kroos and two Dortmund man Julian Brandt and Mahmoud Dahoud, whose form has been considered improving lately, in his current squad. There are no slots for Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels as well despite the expectation for the former to return to Der Panzer. He prefers calling up Bayern’s and Leverkusen’ youngster, Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz to including those senior names.
Iceland tends to name the experienced regular names in the squad including the 38-year old Kari Arnasson, the 36-year old Birkir Saeversson and Ragnar Sigurdsson. Unfortunately, their star Gylfi Sigurdsson is not available due to being granted for special permission to accompany his wife expecting their first child.
Joachiem Loew might be employing the 4-3-2-1 formation with the transition to 4-3-1-2. Kai Havertz could be featuring as the frontmen with Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry accompanying on both wings. Alternatively, Amin Younes is playing behind Havertz and Werner up front. In the midfield, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Illkay Gundogan would provide support fot them .
Meanwhile, Arnar Vidarsson might be opting for 5-4-1 or 4-4-2 formation. Birkir Bjarnarsson is the one who lead the attack in the midfield accompanied with Arnor Gunnarsson and Johann Gudmunsson while upfront Albert Gudmunsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
Players to watch
Chelsea forward, Timo Werner is still regarded as the keyman in Die Mannschaft despite having the tough season debut in Chelsea. He has earned 35 caps and notched 15 goals so far. Some other vital figures to watch are Serge Gnarby, Illkay Gundogan and Joshua Kimmich plus Leon Goretzka who have had impressive form this season.
In Iceland, AZ Alkmaar’ forward Albert Gudmundsson contributing 18 appearrances and 3 goals is the one to rely on as the main scorer since Gylfi Sigurdsson is unavailable. Another notable name to watch is Burnley man Johann Gudmunsson.
Germany vs Iceland Predictions
Die Mannschaft should have no difficulties in securing their first win in the recent world cup campaign. Joachim Loew would like to leave the positive memory in his last few games at the helm of Der Panzer. They are certainly the stronger side here.
Manuel Neuer and Co are definitely the clear favourite in this clash. They are priced to win at 1/7 while Iceland are in the win market at 28/1. The draw result is at the value of 9/1.