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Czech Republic vs Germany - Match preview

31 Aug 2017 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL: World Cup Qual. UEFA Group C
INTERNATIONAL: World Cup Qual. UEFA Group C

Czech Republic

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
01 September 2017

Germany

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • Since their exit at the group stage at last year’s European Championships, Czech Republic have won just three of their eight matches. Two of them have come in the qualifying group with three draws adding up to their nine-point title. They were unlucky to draw 1-1 against Norway in their last match, a result which took them further away from the qualification places.
  • Germany are looking very good to ease through qualification into the World Cup next summer with six wins from six. They have been in imperious form, scoring 27 goals and conceding just one which means they have scored (on average) more than four goals per game. They also won the Confederations Cup in the summer after a 1-0 win in the final over Chile.
  • Czech Republic have three players that have scored two goals in their qualifying group. Antonin Barak, Vladimir Darida, Theodore Gebre Selassie and Michal Krmencik are the players.
  • The top goal scorer in Group C is Thomas Muller of Germany who has managed five goals in the six games. Serge Gnabry and Sandro Wagner have both scored three, making them joint second top scorers.

HEAD TO HEAD

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

08.10.2016 Worl Germany Czech Republic 3:0

CZECH REPUBLIC NEWS

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

10.06.2017 Worl Norway Czech Republic 1:1 D
05.06.2017 Int. Belgium Czech Republic 2:1 L
26.03.2017 Worl San Marino Czech Republic 0:6 W
22.03.2017 Int. Czech Republic Lithuania 3:0 W
15.11.2016 Int. Czech Republic Denmark 1:1 D

GERMANY NEWS

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

02.07.2017 Conf Chile Germany 0:1 W
29.06.2017 Conf Germany Mexico 4:1 W
25.06.2017 Conf Germany Cameroon 3:1 W
22.06.2017 Conf Germany Chile 1:1 D
19.06.2017 Conf Australia Germany 2:3 W

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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