Having defeated their opponents 3-0 just last weekend, Germany will now look to repeat the process when they take on Kazakhstan in Germany this week.
Joachim Low's men are currently undefeated in their 2014 World Cup qualifying matches so far and will be looking to extend that streak when they take on Kazakhstan again. Which, given that their opponents haven't won a game so far and have only scored one goal, seems fairly likely.
Still, crazier things have happened, and Germany cannot underestimate their opponents' chances for success heading into their World Cup qualifier.
Read on for a full preview and analysis including all the need-to-know details, viewing information as well as some last-minute predictions as well.
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Start time: 3:45 p.m. ET (Eastern time, United States)
Venue: Grundig-Stadion, Nuremberg, Germany
Live Stream and TV Information
Gol TV USA and Univision Deportes will both show coverage of this World Cup qualifier throughout the United States, according to Live Soccer TV.
ESPN3 will provide a live stream as well.
2014 World Cup Qualifying so Far
Germany's World Cup qualification process has been relatively smooth thus far. They sit on top of Group C and are undefeated through their five games so far.
They defeated the Faroe Islands at home, and then picked up big wins away from home against Austria, Republic of Ireland and Kazakhstan. Their only blemish game against Sweden, where they saw a 4-0 lead somehow disappear in the final 26 minutes to finish with a 4-4 draw.
Kazakhstan, as mentioned, have not been so strong in the qualifiers so far.
They lost 2-1 at home to Ireland in their opening game, but would not score another goal since that date—suffering key losses to Sweden, Austria and Germany. And now that they're playing away from home, it's very hard to see them getting the job done against Low's men here.
Player to Watch: Thomas Muller, RW, Germany
With a number of players either suspended or injured for this match, Germany will likely turn to Thomas Muller out on the right flank for much of their attacking strength. Which, given his strength throughout the year, could be a very fruitful move by Low.
The 23-year-old has been in superb touch for domestic side Bayern Munich this year, and is likely to carry that across to the international world. Muller has 16 goals and 10 assists in 28 appearances for Bayern this year, and is creating an average of 2.1 goal-scoring chances every game.
If he can produce that sort of form again in this one and bring his German teammates into the attacking fray as a result, expect a comfortable win by Germany on the night.
As nice as it might be to believe in the upset, it's not going to happen.
If Germany can win 3-0 in Kazakhstan in less-than-favorable conditions, then they will surely cruise to a comfortable victory in front of their home fans.
They are a very strong and complete football team who will likely challenge greatly for the 2014 World Cup title in Brazil next year. Expect them to show that type of form here, and expect them to be ruthless in victory—knowing that every goal will count in the qualifying process.
Final score: Germany 6, Kazakhstan 0
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