Kick it again and then go on vacation. The German national team wants to take the next step towards EURO 2020. Basically, we are already assuming that the team of national coach Löw will be at the start of the European Championship. Therefore, the goal is not only to secure the ticket, but to qualify sovereign, as Oliver Bierhoff repeatedly makes clear. Germany wants to prove that claim again on Tuesday, when the team from Estonia in Mainz will be a guest. The Germans strive for the third victory in the third qualifier.
In the table of the group C is currently still the team from Northern Ireland forward. The British have taken nine points from three games, but only played twice against Estonia and once against Belarus. With Germany and Holland, the thick chunks are still waiting. The DFB kickers get six points from two games. Holland follows with three points and Estonia and Belarus can not yet count anything. Therefore, prior to the duel between Germany and Estonia, a prediction on a home win is nothing that would upset the football world. A German national team has never lost against a team from the Baltic States anyway. We do not lean too far out of the window, if we say that this thesis will endure even after the match on Tuesday.
The only question is, with what result Germany will end the international season. One or the other will certainly worry about placing a tip on a handicap victory in the duel between Germany and Estonia. However, the team of interim coach Marcus Sorg will probably have to deal again with a very low-profile opponent. There is still development potential in this regard. Therefore, we would rather approach this story with caution. In any case, it is certain that the German team is likely to have 80 percent of possession, which is what we will see. The kick-off for the European Championship qualifier between Germany and Estonia in the OPEL Arena in Mainz will take place on 11.06.2019 at 19:45.
One can undoubtedly see in Germany that the team has developed. A field that still needs to be played, is to work against low-standing opponents scoring opportunities. This requires speed and the outdoor players must try to get to the baseline. Simple means such as a double pass will be required. Of these, very little was to be seen against Belarus. Even though the victory was clear and safe, not a few experts felt this game was a small step backwards, because the ball possession football, which led to the early World Cup at the end, was for long stretches again only the usual ball attachment. Maybe the audience will see a little more humor against the Estonians, which in the game between Germany and Estonia would bring the odds of a handicap victory back into the game. We do not like to believe in defeat. Of the last 16 home games Germany has lost only one. The last home defeat in the European Championship qualification is back even twelve years.
Even the current form can be seen with five games without defeat. The early World Cup outings and the descent into the Nations League now seem to have been shelved. Against Belarus on Saturday was partly joy of playing to recognize, but for some taste the passes were missing in the depth. The German team is still very young and therefore we can expect the next step to be taken. It will be another year until EM 2020. It may well be looked optimistically into the future.
By the way, both hits fell to quick combinations with direct passing play. Marcus Sorg wants to see more of this against Estonia. He makes it clear that the goalie is still developable and that the German national team wants to say goodbye to the holiday with a good match. There should be few or no changes in personnel. That sounds like a basic corset has already been found. Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner or Thilo Kehrer could possibly move into the starting lineup. In any case, Toni Kroos, who was granted a break from the national coach, will be missing.
In Estonia almost everything is turned upside down at the moment. The team should be rejuvenated, not radical, but with a sense of proportion. Martin Reim should be the right man for that, but if we look at the latest results, maybe we should question that story a bit. Estonia has won only one of the last nine competitive games.
Last Saturday, the Estonians wanted to collect the first points in the European Championship qualifiers. At home against Northern Ireland, it looked like a long time later than if this mission could be successful. Veteran Konstantin Vassilijev took the lead after less than half an hour with a direct free-kick. In the further course of the game but it became clear that the Baltic air runs out more and more.
Northern Ireland scored two goals in the closing stages and Estonia was empty handed after the 2-1 defeat. With high hopes, the Estonians are now not in the game in Mainz. National coach Martin Reim hopes that his team will develop quickly to then at least be able to beat teams like Northern Ireland in the future.
We do not expect any major changes in the lineup in Estonia either. But a very important man will be missing. The ex-Bundesliga player Ragnar Klavan has asked not to be nominated for these two internationals, which the team from the Baltic States just on the defensive a lot of experience and stability will be missing.
PREDICTION: Over 3,5 goals @ 1,54