Germany moved one step closer to securing the top spot in UEFA Group C and an automatic berth in the World Cup with a victory over Austria last week. An overmatched Faroe Islands squad should provide little resistance as the qualifying round nears its conclusion.
The Mannschaft currently have a five-point edge over Sweden. They are going to take first place in the group barring a complete meltdown over the final three matches. That doesn't mean they can afford to overlook the Faroe Islands, though.
Germany's unheralded opponents haven't earned a single point in the group, losing all seven matches by a combined score of 22-3. That said, Germany only held a 1-0 lead at halftime in the first meeting between the sides before pulling away in the second half.
The group favorites will hope for a more complete performance in the rematch. Let's take a look at all the key information for the qualifying clash, followed by a preview and prediction.
Where: Torsvollur in Torshavn, Faroe Islands
When: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. BST)
Watch: ARD Das Erste and GMMSport.com
Odds: Germany 1/150, Faroe Islands 50/1, Draw 20/1 (via Paddy Power)
Top Storyline: Can Germany continue its qualifying dominance?
Germany was expected to cruise through a relatively weak Group C, and it hasn't disappointed. The stalwart European side, which has reached the semifinals in each of the past three World Cups, is unbeaten in its seven group matches.
The only blemish was a wild draw with Sweden that saw Germany give up four straight goals in the second half, including a stoppage-time equalizer. The Mannschaft didn't let the shocking result derail their World Cup plans, though.
In fact, the talented side led by the likes of Thomas Muller and Philipp Lahm has been downright dominant at times. In seven matches, Germany has scored 25 goals while allowing just seven. And four came in that one match against Sweden.
It's hard to imagine the Faroe Islands finding a way to slow the Mannschaft down. While the small country's national team has played well at times, including the first half against the Germans last time, its talent level just doesn't match up.
Germany should be able to take control of the match from the outset and won't look back until it earns three more points.
The Faroe Islands squad will likely do its best to put up a defensive wall and see how long it can withstand what's going to be constant pressure from Germany. The only attacking opportunities will come on counterattacks.
Even if the game plan keeps Germany at bay for awhile, it won't hold up. Once the Mannschaft find the scoreboard, the match should open up, and they will take full advantage. Anything less than a blowout victory would be a surprise.
Germany 5, Faroe Islands 0
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