This week there will not be any German Bundesliga, instead there will be a 2010 World Cup Qualifier match. Germany will host the game against Liechtenstein at Leipzig this Saturday and then will play against Wales at Cardiff in next Wednesday. Now I will focus on previewing Germany national team on the match against Liechtenstein:
Things to lead to win: No need to mention more, Germany outclass Liechtenstein in all sorts. The most obvious sections are the attacking midfield and the strikers. Even Miroslav Klose is injured, I do not believe it will affect anything to the team. Lukas Podolski will definitely start the match and Mario Gomez will be my second choice. This combination can bring more variety on attack, as Gomez is good in the air and Podolski is good at making runs for the through balls. On the other hand, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Piotr Trochowski will be very important in the flanks as their runs can tear the Liechtenstein defense apart again and again. Michael Ballack will be the player who specializes for the forward runs from the midfield can make troubles to Liechtenstein. As there are so many attacking options, I believe Liechtenstein will not even have any chances to touch the ball based on their limited class. Simply speaking Germany will keep scoring.
Things to watch out for: Attitude. This is most important for Germany. Never underestimate the opponents like Liechtenstein as they have no pressure at all. Liechtenstein had made surprises before as they snatched a draw against Portugal 2-2 in World Cup 2006 Qualifier. Even it was long time ago, it still proved that if Germany get any careless, Liechtenstein can make surprises. Furthermore, Germany nearly lost a goal first against San Marino in Euro 08 Qualifier. Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was very lucky that he touched the ball out of the penalty box and he was not penalized. All Germany need to watch out for is to get into the match straight after the starting whistle. Early goal is very important for Germany as they can control the match early and erase any possibilities for surprises.
Prediction: I do think Germany will control the match in all sorts. Early goal is expected in this match. As coach Joachim Löw and the players all know early goal will bring the victory in the easiest way. Midfield possession will not be challenged as Liechtenstein is being outclassed and they will have a comfortable game. However, I do not believe fans can see a lot of new young players on the pitch as this is a result-oriented match. So, regular starters are predicted and there maybe some young substitutes will play in the middle to later stage of second half when Germany secure all 3 points.
Last round: Germany win 6-0
My tip: Germany win 6-0
Predicted lineup (left to right, 4-2-2-2): Adler - Jansen, Mertesacker, Westermann, Lahm - Ballack, Rolfes - Trochowski, Schweinsteiger - Podolski, Gomez