18:45 GMT 01 September 2017
The international break returns just as the European domestic season has got back underway and we still need to find out which nations will be competing at next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. One of the clashes in Group C sees Germany make the trip to the Czech Republic as they look to extend their lead at the top of the group. Joachim Lowe’s side have won all six of their games so far and sit five points clear of Northern Ireland at the top of the group. Czech Republic are currently third in the group with four points separating them and second place.
Since the two nations faced off the 1996 Euros, the meetings have been marginally dominated by the Germans. In the seven matches, Czech Republic have won two while Germany have won four. There has been three match goals in each of the last four fixtures between the two sides.
Head to head matches: Czech Republic - Germany
The hosts desperately need a win in this game if they want to compete with the top two sides in the group. However, with the retirements of Petr Cech and Thomas Rosicky, it has been very hard for them to fill the gaps left by the veterans. They are still in a position to qualify so it’s not all bad news.
Latest matches: Czech Republic
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A win isn’t imperative for the German national team but it would take them a big step closer to their very comfortable first-place qualification. They are without their captain, Manuel Neuer, but they have Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp who could all replace him. They have a great mix of youth and experience, which will be vital at next year’s tournament.
Latest matches: Germany
Germany go into this one as massive favourites purely down to their squad’s sheer superiority over their Czech Republic opponents. They should win very comfortably as they have done in each of their six qualifiers so far. It is hard to see Czech Republic putting up a strong fight and it shouldn’t be more than a walk in the park for the World Cup holders.
01 September 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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