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Prediction: Liechtenstein vs Germany

Veselin Trajkovic in Free Soccer Predictions 1 Sep 2021

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Verdict: Away win by five or more goals

Best odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Unibet

The first international break of 2021-22 has started, and it’s round four of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers first up. In Group J of the European section, Liechtenstein will be playing host to Germany on Thursday evening at  The Kybunpark, formerly known as the AFG Arena.

Liechtenstein

There have been some surprising results in this group in the first three rounds, but not where Liechtenstein were involved. They lost all three matches, scoring one goal and conceding 10 in the process.

They first lost at home to Armenia by 0-1, then suffered a proper thrashing away to North Macedonia by 5-0, before picking up another defeat at home, this time 1-4 to Iceland. Naturally, such results have put them firmly in last place. Iceland and Romania sit directly above, with three points each.

Things went pretty much the same way for Martin Stocklasa’s team in the two friendlies they played in June, where they were beaten 7-0 by Switzerland and 5-1 by Faroe Islands. It was no surprise to anyone that they had no place at Euro 2020.

If they can avoid losing every remaining match for the rest of these qualifications, it’s probably all they can do.

Team News

Brothers Yanick and Noah Frick, the sons of former forward Mario Frick who played in the Serie A at one point in his career, are likely to start upfront. Nicolas Hasler, a midfielder plying his trade in Switzerland with FC Thun, is nailed on to start as well, being the country’s top scorer among the current crop of players.

Germany

As opposed to Liechtenstein, Germany are the absolute favourites to win this group, even though the campaign hasn’t exactly gone as planned for them either. It started well enough, with a 3-0 home triumph over Iceland followed by a 0-1 win away to Romania, but they suffered a great shock in the third round, losing 1-2 at home to North Macedonia despite dominating the game in terms of possession and shots taken.

With six points to their name, they are in third place, with the same tally as North Macedonia in second and three points less than surprise leaders at this point, Armenia. They will certainly be looking to put the matter right before this international break is over.

Led by Joachim Low, Germany had a disappointing tournament at the Euros. Having lost 0-1 to France, beaten Portugal 4-2 and drew 2-2 against Hungary, they finished the group stage in second place and went on to be knocked out by eventual finalists England in the round of 16.

It was Low’s last match in charge, and former Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick has taken over since. Flick led the Bavarians to the treble in 2020, before leaving the club after some disagreements with those above in the hierarchy.

Team News

Given the (lack of) quality in the opposition, it’s a good opportunity for Flick to test ideas of his own. He’s likely to give a chance to some less notable names, with two matches to come in quick succession.

Teenagers Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich, Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen and Karim Adeyemi of RB Salzburg could all be given some time on the pitch, whether from the start, remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, the core of the team is expected to be a more experienced one. Goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer, defender Niklas Sule, midfielder Leon Goretzka, forward Thomas Muller, and wingers Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, all Bayern players, are likely to feature to make sure there are no more unpleasant surprises.

Conclusion

Anything but a comprehensive win for Germany would be a huge shock in this match. Flick’s team will be looking to get as many goals as possible, and Liechtenstein players are probably in for a real lesson.

Verdict: Away win by five or more goals

Best odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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