BALAIDOS – 18TH NOVEMBER AT 19:45
Joachim Low has demanded an improvement from his team who beat Gibraltar at the weekend despite a depleted squad due to injury. Low and his World Cup winning team want to finish their year on a high by beating a rejuvenated Spain in Vigo on Tuesday night.
Germany will be without a number of key members including Andre Schurrle, Marco Reus, Christoph Kramer as well as Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng who are the latest to withdraw from the squad. This will force Low into selecting a less experienced team, however, after losing to Poland and being held by Republic of Ireland in their 2 qualifying matches prior to Gibraltar, this might be a good thing.
La Roja are not without injuries themselves with Diego Costa not in the squad and Cesc Fabregas and David de Gea both now out. Spain had a dismal World Cup, knocked out after a humiliating 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands as well as losing to Chile. Since the World Cup they have also lost to France and Slovakia but have started to turn that form around winning their last 2 qualifying games 4-0 and 3-0.
Expect this to be a technical match played at a high tempo with both teams not giving too much away. It’s a difficult one to call but I believe with Spain winning the last 3 meetings between the two, the Germans will feel they have something to prove. Spain are 9 places below Germany in the FIFA world rankings and being World Champions, Germany will feel they should be winning this one. Germany are slight underdogs so Germany +0.25 on the Asian handicap @ 1.98 is my advised trade.