Germany vs Estonia: Germany welcome Estonia to Mainz on Tuesday night for their Euro 2020 Qualification Group C clash, with the Germans looking to regain top spot from Northern Ireland, and Estonia hoping to pick up the first points of their qualifying campaign.
Germany will again play the fixture without manager Joachim Low, who suffered a contused artery that has sidelined him for a month. They will instead be led by assistant manager Marcus Sorg who oversaw Germany’s 2-0 win over Belarus on Saturday evening.
Low may well count himself fortunate to still be manager of the national team at all, having followed up an embarrassing bottom of the group finish in the 2018 World Cup with relegation to the second tier of the newly created Nations League.
However, having a World Cup win on your resume buys you a certain amount of time. Germany have slowly begun to grind back into gear and will still be favourites to qualify as group winners, having already won they trickiest fixture away to the Netherlands.
Having already succumbed twice to Northern Ireland, any faint hopes Estonia may have had of a remarkable top two finish have all but faded already. They will enter the fixture as clear underdogs, and with the pressure removed, may just fancy causing an upset.
Germany will continue to be without Spanish-based pair Marc Andre ter Stegen and Toni Kroos, who were both left out of the Euro 2020 qualifiers squad due to a knee problem and a muscular issue, respectively.
Germany Neuer; Schulz, Tah, Sule, Ginter, Klostermann; Sane, Kimmich, Gortezka, Brandt; Reus.
Estonia Lepmets; Pikk, Vihmann, Mets, Sinyavskiy; Dmitrijev, Sappinen, Kait, Vassiljev, Teniste; Zenjov.
Germany vs Estonia suffered a miserable Nations League campaign – winning just one game and being relegated to Division D. However, their more recent form is much improved, having picked up two wins in their last five, including a 2-1 victory away against their Scandinavian rivals, Finland.