Germany vs. Ireland, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule

Juergen Schwarz

Germany look to wrap up their spot in next summer's World Cup with a result against the Irish.

Germany's task against the Republic of Ireland is fairly simple. Win or draw and you can start making travel plans for Brazil next summer. Unless the Germans slip-up massively, it's next to impossible for Sweden to catch them from their second place position, so at least we can avoid too much fancy math.

Ireland are not yet eliminated from contention but it's going to take a wins in their final two matches and a whole lot of luck as well for them to avoid missing the World Cup. Interim manager Noel King will be missing Jonathan Walters and goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, but striker Robbie Keane is expected to play despite taking on knock on his ankle in training.

Germany will be without several players including Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Marco Reus, but there's still plenty of talent available including Mario Gotze and Mesut Özil.

Match Date/Time: 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany

TV: ESPN2, Galavision (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada), Das Erste HD (Germany)

Online: ESPN3 (U.S.)

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