Germany to win to nil, 2/1
Under 3.5 goals, 4/11
Germany Half/time Full/Time, 6/4
Gareth Southgate officially takes charge of his first match as England manager and he could not have had a tougher opening game as he faces Germany
England injuries up front – England beat Germany 3-2 in a friendly last year before the European Championship but it will be a different England side that travel to Dortmund on Wednesday. England have a host of injuries, especially up front with Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane both missing for International duty while record goal scorer Wayne Rooney was not selected.
There are fresh faces that were called up to the England squad such as Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond. While there are also others who are inexperienced at International level like Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard & Marcus Rashford.
Germany seem to produce quality players at will and The Premier League is currently blessed with two of their newest stars in Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and Liverpool’s Emre Can. They are supported by established stars such as Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller. One player to look out for, should he get game time, is Dortmund’s Julian Weigl. The young midfielder has a Carrick-esque quality to him in the way he controls games from deep and is definitely one for the future.
Germany will look to Toni Kroos to dictate the tempo as Germany seek to control the match. Kroos is widely regarded as one of, if not, the best midfielder in world football and the Real Madrid man has assisted 11 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions this season.
A lot of pressure is already being placed on Dele Alli’s shoulders and with the absence of Harry Kane, he will be England’s main goal threat along with the leading striker, likely to be Jamie Vardy. Alli has improved vastly this season and despite the odd issue surrounding his temperament, the Tottenham man has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.
Friendly matches are always difficult to predict as there are bound to be a vast amount of substitutions that will disrupt the flow of the game. We expect Germany to dominate this game however and to easily dispatch of England. Germany are likely to send out their strongest team in the first half so we see them getting a goal before halftime while the players coming off from the bench should have enough to score at least one second half goal.
England are lacking firepower and will find it difficult to score past this formidable Germany side which is why one of our bets is for Germany to keep a clean sheet.