Prediction and odds for the game: Germany (1/9) vs Romania (18/1)
We are backing Kai Havertz to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 13/10
When: Friday 8 October 2021, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The Volksparkstadion
On Friday night, Germany and Romania go head-to-head in Hamburg in Group J of the European section of qualifying for World Cup 2022.
Die Mannschaft head into this clash on a three-game winning run in all competitions, having beaten Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland, all without conceding a goal. The victories were a step in the right direction for Hansi Flick’s team, as Germany have been unconvincing in the international game in recent years. All three victories came under former Bayern boss Hansi Flick, who is enjoying a promising start in the job.
One thing that never seems to change is Germany’s consistency in qualifying for the World Cup, as they have now won 21 of their last 22 qualifiers for the big event. One vital factor in that record is a solid defence, as the home team has kept clean sheets in five of their previous six qualifiers.
Germany have also won ten of their previous 11 World Cup qualifiers on home soil, with a shock 2-1 defeat against North Macedonia the exception. They currently sit top of the group and are expected to cruise to World Cup qualification yet again.
The visitors are currently third -place in the group, a point behind second-place Armenia in the fight for that crucial second spot in the group. Romania are three games unbeaten, having recorded two wins and picked up a draw. Mirel Radoi’s team has also kept three straight clean sheets in the international game, a record that will be heavily tested by a dangerous home attack.
Their recent defensive solidity has led to the visitor’s recent away games being low-scoring. In fact, there has been under 2.5 goals scored in their last four international outings.
Romania have an inconsistent recent record in World Cup qualifying of late, as they have won three, lost two and drawn one of their six qualifiers in Group J. They have been poor travellers of late in qualifying, as they have won just one of their previous seven World Cup qualifiers on their travels. They have now kept back-to-back clean sheets in away qualifiers though.
We can’t see anything other than a German victory in this clash. However, the home win offers very little value. Instead, we are going to back under 2.5 goals scored. The reason is that Romania have shown they are strong in defence. However, they are unlikely to have enough quality to prevent Germany from scoring. The other bet we recommend is Kai Havertz to be an anytime goalscorer. He has looked lively to Chelsea at times this season, even if his goal tally suggests otherwise.
Our Tips: We are backing under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/5 and/or Kai Havertz to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 13/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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