Leipzig - After the recent defeat in Dublin, the equation is simple for the world champions against Georgia on Sunday (kick-off 20:45 CEST / 18:45 GMT): avoid defeat and secure automatic qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 in France next summer.

Accordingly, here is bundesliga.com's preview of the main event...

Top facts

  • Despite dominating for long periods against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Thursday night, Germany lost 1-0 after Shane Long's 70th-minute strike. It was the world champions' second defeat in Group D.
  • While already assured of a top-three finish, Germany will only confirm automatic qualification for France next year with a win or a draw against Georgia.
  • Joachim Löw's side beat Georgia 2-0 in Tbilisi in March with Marco Reus and Thomas Müller finding the net.
  • The world champions are unbeaten in their last 21 qualifiers on home turf, a run stretching back to October 2007, when they lost to Czech Republic.
  • Georgia, meanwhile, have only won once in their last 23 competitive games on the road, a 3-0 success against Gibraltar in October last year.
  • Germany have only played once in Leipzig since reunification in 1990, beating Liechtenstein 4-0 in March 2009.
  • Kakhaber Tskhadadze, Georgia's coach, turned out for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga between 1992 and 1996.


Germany: Neuer - Ginter, Hummels, Boateng, Hector - Gündogan, Kroos - Schürze, Özil, Reus - Müller

Georgia: Revishvili - Kverkvelia, Amisulashvili, Kashia - Lobjanidze, Navalovsky - Kankava, Kvekveskiri - Kazaishvili, Okriashvili - Gelashvili