Germany was the first team to clinch a spot in Qatar 2022, so not much will be on the line Thursday when it hosts Liechtenstein in a 2022 UEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage match. Germany (7-0-1) will be trying to stay healthy, while Liechtenstein (0-7-1) has no chance to move on. But that makes for an interesting matchup from a bettors’ perspective, and the big question is, how many goals can the Germans win by? Can tiny Liechtenstein pull off the unthinkable against a German squad of reserves? The teams met in a group match in September, and the Germans won 2-0 in Hansi Flick’s first game as manager. They have won five straight since he took over.
Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET in Wolfsburg, Germany. Germany is the -20000 favorite (risk $20000 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Germany vs. Liechtenstein odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Liechtenstein is the +10000 underdog, a draw is listed at +2800 and the over-under for total goals is 5.5. Before locking in any Liechtenstein vs. Germany picks or make any 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated well over $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Germany became the first nation to qualify for the World Cup 2022 after cruising to a 4-0 victory away against North Macedonia last month.
After suffering a shock 2-1 home defeat against the Red Lynxes in March, Hansi Flick’s side were able to get their revenge in emphatic style, thanks to goals from Timo Werner (2), Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala.
Die Mannschaft have confirmed their place at the top of Group J – sitting eight points clear of Romania in second place – and are one of only three European teams to have accumulated at least 20 points in Qualifying.
Flick, who replaced Joachim Low at the helm in September, has won all five of his games in charge, including a 2-0 win away against Thursday’s opponents Liechtenstein in his first match.
Another victory for the Germans is to be expected against the Blues-Reds, who they have beaten in all four previous meetings by an aggregate scoreline of 20-2.
Liechtenstein’s search for their first victory in 2021 goes on, after they were convincingly beaten 4-0 away against Iceland in their last qualification match in October.
The Blues-Reds have lost seven of their eight qualifiers for the 2022 tournament, conceding 23 goals in the process, with their only point coming against Armenia when they drew 1-1 in September.
Head coach Martin Stocklasa, who took the reins on January 1, has lost nine of his 10 games in charge, and this miserable form has seen Liechtenstein slip down to 190th in the FIFA world rankings, below the likes of Andorra and Malta. Their lowest-ever ranking in their 88-year history has been 191st in 2017.
The Blues-Reds head into Thursday’s game having won only two of their 68 World Cup qualifying matches across a 25-year period. Securing a third victory in Wolfsburg is not expected but if Stocklasa’s men can reduce the Germans to just two goals – as they did in their last encounter – or fewer, then he and his players can take some pride from their penultimate qualifier.