Germany v England – Olympiastadion, Berlin at 19:45 live on ITV
Without any top class domestic football, the international breaks can often feel very long and drawn out, but tonight’s match in Berlin is one to look forward to.
World Champions Germany host England at the Olympiastadion this evening, which should prove to be a tough test for both sides as they prepare for the European Championships which start in June.
Germany will head to France as one of the favourites, after lifting the World Cup two years ago in Brazil. Joachim Loew will be looking to add the Euro’s to his collection of trophies and with Muller, Kroos, Gotze, Reus and Ozil to name just a few, his side are one of the teams to beat.
Despite their embarrassment of riches,Die Mannschaft’s qualifying campaign wasn’t without it’s hiccups, losing away from home to Republic of Ireland and Poland but did top their qualifying group to book their place in France.
They’ve been handed a fairly tough group for the Euro’s which includes Poland, Ukraine and Northern Ireland so will be looking to come away from this evening with a morale boosting win over the old enemy and they are strong favourties at 1.67.
England qualified for France with ease, wining 10 of their 10 group matches, scoring an average of over 3 goals a game, conceding just 3 times. In all honesty though, it wasn’t the toughest of qualifying groups and Germany will provide a much stronger test for the Three Lions.
With injuries to Joe Hart and skipper Wayne Rooney, Roy Hodgson will use tonight to test some of his younger players who will be looking to stake a claim for a place in his squad this summer.
The likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Delle Ali, Danny Welbeck and uncapped Danny Rose and Danny Drinkwater all have a chance this evening to prove they have what it takes at the top level.
The performance is more important than the result here for England but a win in Berlin against Germany certainly would boost confidence before the finals in June. However, Germany are a class outfit and on their own patch, with Hodgson using this an experimental fixture, as he should, for me there is only one winner.
International friendlies can often be difficult to call but I’m expecting Germany to be settled from the start and their quality will show early on against a young England side trying to find their feet.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Germany -0.5 First Half at 2.28
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