With only one game left in the international break, Bayern Munich fans will watch with bated breath as Germany take on Iceland with a large contingent of players who will be needed against RB Leipzig and Barcelona in the coming weeks. Hansi Flick does have plenty of options if he wants to rest players, but the question is — will he do it?
Marco Reus has filled his quota of one Germany game per year and is back on the injury list. He will be starting for Dortmund again on Saturday, so don’t worry too much about him. Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens are back and available for selection, while Ridle Baku has not travelled with the team due to squad limits.
So, what will the lineup be like? As my mind reading powers are still in their infancy, I can’t know what Hansi’s thinking. However, he’s likely to opt for a similar lineup to the one which slaughtered Armenia, to try and keep the momentum building as best he can.
That means putting Timo Werner and Kai Havertz up top, with possibly Leroy Sane and serge Gnabry on the wings. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka would be the most likely pairing for the midfield, although Florian Neuhaus and Ilkay Gundogan also have an outside chance of starting if Hansi feels the need to rotate. Defense, too, should remain unchanged outside of the return of Robin Gosens to left-back. Jonas Hofmann is proving himself a capable attacking right-back, and he should get another outing to show us what he can do.
Finally, you can expect Manuel Neuer in goal, wearing the captain’s armband as usual. Here's what that lineup should look like:
- Either Florian Neuhaus or Ilkay Gundogan in midfield for Kimmich/Goretzka.
- Thilo Kehrer in for Antonio Rudiger or Niklas Sule at CB.
- Jamal Musiala in for either of the wingers.
Just for the sake of being thorough, here is Bild’s predicted lineup:
Iceland vs Germany | Possible lineups [Bild] pic.twitter.com/X8xjMUa3p7— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 7, 2021
ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Germany vs Iceland
Germany will square-off against Iceland in the final game of this international break.
And with Thomas Müller, Kingsley Coman, and Alphonso Davies all already picking up injuries during this club hiatus, Bayern Munich fans are probably hoping for a clean, injury-free game more than anything else.
After picking up victories over Liechtenstein and Armenia, Germany will look to pick up a clean sweep of wins during this break. On this episode we talk over the following:
- How Germany has looked this far under former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick.
- Why Jonas Hofmann could potentially solve Germany’s problem at right-back.
- Who might start for Germany against Iceland.
- A prediction on the match.