Our football match prediction:
Germany need to pick up one point from their penultimate group game if they are to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but, no doubt, they will go for a win in Thursday’s football match against Northern Ireland.. The Germans recorded a win in each of their eight group matches and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win the Windsor Park clash. Timo Werner scored a brace in a 6-0 win over Norway last month and the Leipzig attacker is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Northern Ireland. The Green and White Army, on the other hand, have already booked their place in the play-offs thanks to a 2-0 win over Czech Republic and they will be looking to build on the victory when they take on Germany. The Germans, though, defeated Michael O’Neill’s men at Euro 2016 and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Lafferty):
Daniel Lafferty is a Northern Ireland footballer who plays for Burnley. He signed a deal with Celtic in 2006, but was never handed a first-team debut for the Scottish giants. In 2010 he joined Derry City and it has to be noted that he scored seven goals in 46 appearances for the Irish outfit. Two years later, on 30 January 2012, Lafferty signed contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The left back made no more than one appearance for the Clarets in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign and, as a result, he decided to join Rotherham United on a one-month loan in March, 2015. Seven months later he was sent on loan to Oldham Athletic and he played 15 matches for the League One club. Nonetheless, he returned to Burnley in 2016. Daniel Lafferty made his Northern Ireland debut on 2 June, 2012 in a 6-0 defeat to Netherlands. However, he did not make the Northern Ireland roster for the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Germany):
Competing for major honours since 1900, Germany are now one of the leading national teams in the history of football, boasting no fewer than seven titles in their trophy cabinet. Oddly enough, die Mannschaft have won the four World Cups in regular intervals, having finished as champions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, while lifting European Championship trophies in 1972, 1980 and 1996. And having also lost seven major finals, it is fair to say that Germany have challenged for the trophy at almost every single major tournament since 1954. There have been too many world-class players to count that have represented Germany so far, but it is Lothar Matthaus who holds the record for most caps, having featured in 150 matches, whereas Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer with 71 goals in 137 outings. Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have all had important roles to play in the past, whereas the new generation has seen Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller strut their stuff on international stage.