Sun. May 29th, 2022

Having laboured to a 2:0 win against Liechtenstein on Thursday, Germany will be hoping for improved performance when they take on Armenia in the 2nd of this week’s World Cup qualifying fixtures at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena.

However, they should expect a decent challenge in the shape of an Armenia side that currently sit proudly at the top of Group J with 10 points collected from their opening 4 fixtures. 

Germany, in contrast, has already suffered one shock loss at home to North Macedonia and can ill-afford any further slip-ups if they want to maintain their imperious qualification record, which has seen them qualify for every tournament since 1934. 

Of course, while this is certainly a transitional period for the Germans, now under the guidance of Hansi Flick following the departure of the long-serving Joachim Lowe, they should still be expected to take all 3 points here with the home loss against North Macedonia, their first WC qualifying defeat on home soil since England´s 5:1 win back in 2001.

Past meetings between these sides have been hugely one-sided, with Germany scoring 15 goals over 3 wins against the visitors, with the most recent a 6:1 friendly win in 2014.

Still, this is a much improved Armenian side although a 9:1 loss in Italy in 2019 suggests that against the big sides, Armenia still have plenty to prove, with most of their recent success coming against nations of similar stature.