Belarus host Germany on Saturday night with kick off set for 7:45pm at the Borisov Arena in Group C of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. The pair have very contrasting aims for the remainder of these qualifiers, with the visitors determined to put the ghosts of last summer’s World Cup behind them and kick on next summer, while the home team are simply hoping to get a couple of points on the board in a difficult group. The two have not previously met in competitive competition so this is a brand new encounter, although the world champions of five years ago will be heavy favourites with their new, young and exciting squad. Despite there being little hope for Belarus, this if football and anything is possible, particularly when nothing is expected to happen.
Belarus vs Germany betting preview
Igor Kriushenko should feel that his team are more than capable of shocking the world this weekend, especially considering they picked up some excellent results in the Uefa Nations League prior to the European qualifiers. They actually finished top of their group in the Nations League by an impressive four points, ahead of Luxembourg, Moldova and San Marino. Belarus’ fortunes have not been so good in the qualifiers though after defeats versus Netherlands and Northern Ireland, conceding six goals in total and bagging only once themselves. The crushing 4-0 loss at the hands of the Dutch put a huge dent in the confidence of an otherwise solid side, and the disappointment that came with their journey to Northern Ireland highlighted the fact that they are not quite on the level they may have believed they were. This fixture is a great opportunity to put things right and perhaps cause a giant upset in their bid to join Europe’s elite next year.
Joachim Low was questioned for making big changes to the German national side following the humiliation of the 2018 World Cup, saying that he would no longer pick some big name players like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller while introducing new youngsters to the team. After some less-than-pleasing results against Netherlands and France in the Uefa Nations League, in which they finished bottom of their group, the Germans have since gone on to win two and draw to of their matches in both friendlies and qualifiers. First, a 3-0 seeing off of World Cup hosts Russia was succeeded by a stalemate upon the visit of Netherlands as it ended 2-2. After that came a rather dull affair versus Serbia in a friendly as both teams earned a single point each, and more recently Germany defeated the Dutch national side by three goals to two in an enthralling ninety minutes at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. These next few years are all about retribution for Germany and Low, so a big performance in this one should be expected.
Belarus vs Germany Team News
It is very likely that Belarus will start the match with four at the back and a crowded midfield, just as they attempted to do in their last three outings. Against Netherlands and Northern Ireland, Belarus lined up with 4-3-3 and 4-4-1-1, neither of which worked to their benefit. Coaches rarely change formations quickly after they had worked so more of the same can be expected here. Former Arsenal midfielder Aleksandr Hleb is ruled out of this one due to injury, and there are no real other injury worries for the hosts while Denis Laptev should play up front.
The Germans have predominantly gone for three at the back over the last few months, with 3-5-2 and 3-4-3 being utilized by Low against the Netherlands, with neither match finished in defeat. The only time he changed things up was when they hosted Serbia and drew 1-1, where Germany lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Timo Werner in number nine. Although Sven Ulreich has been called up following an injury to Bernd Leno it is most probably Manuel Neuer who will play in between the sticks after a calf problem, while Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane will all be hoping to break into the starting line up yet again.
Reasons for Belarus vs Germany Betting Tips
BTTS at 11/10 with Skybet – Belarus may not be expected to come away with anything from this one, but they have performed to a good standard recently and have netted in four of their previous six outings. Many bookies will have Germany as huge favourites to earn all three points, and they should at least score once having done so in each of their last five matches.
Both score no draw at 13/8 with Skybet – Although Germany have drawn each of their last two home games, they have only been involved in three draws in the last twelve fixtures in all competitions. Belarus have not played out a stalemate in any of their last four games, scoring in three of those affairs.