Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Germany will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group C intact when they host Northern Ireland at HDI-Arena on Tuesday evening. The Germans rolled over Czech Republic (3-0) at the weekend and it is no surprise they are regarded as hot favourites to pick up all three points from Tuesday’s football game. Northern Ireland crushed San Marino (4-0), but grabbing something from the match against the star-studded Germans is easier said than done. The Green and White Army are tough to beat at home, but they often struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors will return home empty-handed. In previous five meetings between the two teams Germany emerged triumphant and Joachim Low’s men are likely to extend their winning run. Thomas Muller scored a brace against Czech Republic and the Bayern Munich attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Benedikt Howedes):
Benedikt Howedes is a German international who plays for Bundesliga side Schalke 04. The 187-cm-tall defender is a product of Schalke’s youth school and he played for the reserve team between 2007 and 2009. He made his debut for the first team in the 2007/2008 Bundesliga campaign, but he played no more than 6 matches for die Knappen during the season. Howedes plays for the German national team as well and he made his Germany debut against Uruguay on 29 May, 2011. The Schalke defender represented Joachim Low’s team at the 2016 European Championship finals. Howedes is a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a right back as well. However, at the start of his senior career he played as a left back. He is well known for his brilliant first-time passing and he often scores headers. During his youth career the German defender played for the likes of TuS Haltern and SG Herten-Langenbochum. Howedes was struggling with injury in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign and as a result, he played no more than 15 matches for Schalke in the league.
Highlighted Team (Northern Ireland):
Competing first under the Irish flag and then as an independent entity, Northern Ireland are one of world’s oldest national teams, but they haven’t enjoyed too much success in history. Led by Danny Blanchflower, the Irish impressed at their first ever World Cup finals appearance, reaching the quarter-finals in 1958, but they have since only played at the 1982 and 1986 tournaments, reaching round 2 and crashing out in the group stage respectively. Northern Ireland had failed to qualify for 13 successive European Championship finals before finally booking their ticket to the Euro 2016 in France, and the fans hope this success will only be a sign of things to come. Without a doubt, George Best is the most famous footballer to have ever put on the green shirt, scoring 9 goals in 37 appearances, but he couldn’t help the national team close the gap behind Europe’s top sides. Some of the other high-profile footballers include Pat Jennings, Aaron Hughes, David Healy, Keith Gillespie, Steven Davies and Gareth McAuley.