After a comfortable win against the Northern Irishmen that secured World Cup qualification, Joachim Löw is expected to make some changes to his lineup against Azerbaijan.
This match may see players such as Leroy Sané, who has been in fine form in the Premier League, have a starting spot along with the likes of Niklas Süle and the likely start of Julian Brandt. The rotation will come as no surprise for the opposition, who have been struggling to find form.
Azerbaijan have been poor after a great start to their qualification fixtures. In their first three matches, they managed two wins and a draw. This form soon dissolved with them losing four of their last five fixtures with the solitary win coming against San Marino. Germany would be expected to win this game, but Azerbaijan may put up some resistance since they can still manage to get a playoff place if results favour them.
Many of the players Joachim Löw may opt to bring into the starting lineup can use this as an opportunity to show the coach why they deserve a place in the squad or starting lineup at Russia. One such player is Leroy Sané who have been doing well under the stewardship of former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, scoring five goals with two assists in all competition this season. His flair and pace are qualities Germany have lacked over the last few years and can come in handy as both an impact sub and a starter to give a fear factor element to the team.
The Bundestrainer has confirmed that Bernd Leno will start in goal and that Emre Can is expected to be in central midfield. It should round up an all-familiar squad.
With many changes expected, it will prove a good test for players who would want to make a case for themselves for places in Russia. Azerbaijan’s form does not favour them, but they are expected to put up some opposition against the Germans to keep some hope of a place in Russia alive.