Cologne - The German national team travel to the Republic of Ireland this week as they look to complete qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 next summer.

The Republic of Ireland are the only team that can stop Joachim Löw's team now. Even a draw in Dublin on Thursday would guarantee Germany a place in the top two of Group D and automatic qualification for the final tournament in France next summer.

Top facts

  • Ireland have only won five of the 19 games they have ever played against Germany. They have never beaten the Nationalmannschaft in a competitive fixture.
  • Germany have won all five of their qualifying games since Ireland shocked them in October last year, when John O'Shea netted a late equaliser.
  • The last time Germany came to Dublin, they beat Ireland 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2012.
  • Ireland have improved at home since then. They have lost none of their home games in the current European Championship qualifying campaign.
  • Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Sunday's game against Georgia if he is booked in Dublin.

Possible line-ups

Republic of Ireland:Given – Brady, Wilson, O'Shea, Coleman – Hoolahan, McCarthy, Hendrick, McGeady – Keane, Walters

Germany:Neuer – Can, Boateng, Hummels, Hector – Schweinsteiger, Kroos – Müller, Özil, Reus - Götze