England v Germany Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 06, 2017
Wembley Stadium - International Friendly
It’s the first in a double-header of glamour friendlies for England, as world champions Germany visit Wembley on Friday evening.
England have recorded some of their most famous victories against Germany, including the 5-1 in Munich in 2001 and of course the 1966 World Cup final. Germany have certainly had their fair share of revenge, dumping England out of their home European Championships in 1996 on penalties, and humiliating the Three Lions 4-1 at the 2010 World Cup.
Die Mannschaft have won three of the last four meetings between the two sides, including a 1-0 friendly win in March. A year before that, England recovered from being 2-0 down in Berlin to win 3-2.
There are questions marks over newly-installed England captain Harry Kane, with the Tottenham hitman admitting that he needs to keep an eye on his hamstrings. Fellow Spurs star Dele Alli is definitely out with hamstring issues of his own, while Harry Winks needs a test on a twisted ankle. Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joe Gomez all received call-ups, along with late addition Michael Keane.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been called back into the Germany squad after recovering from injury, while his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Mario Gotze also makes a return to the international setup. Mesut Ozil also features after missing recent games due to a lack of fitness. Joachim Low has included five Premier League players in total in his squad, and has included Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg for the first time.
England v Germany Preview and Predictions
Always one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures for both these countries, England face Germany in a fourth friendly in as many years, and the second one of this calendar year. After facing a host of lesser nations in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup, this will be a great test for Gareth Southgate’s youthful squad.
The current Three Lions setup looks very short on experience, after the retirement of a series of stellar names over recent years. The only way they’re going to get it though is by facing the best teams in the world, and even though this is only a friendly there will still be valuable lessons to be learned for both manager and players.
The absence of Dele Alli is a serious blow for the hosts, especially after his superb performance against Real Madrid last week, but there are other players vying for their place on the plane to Russia. While Germany boss Low is likely to do some experimenting of his own as he looks to defend the crown he claimed in Brazil, there’s an experienced and extremely talented look to his squad.
The visitors will start the game as slight favourites in the betting, and you get a price of 8/5 on a Germany win. England are available at 9/5, while the draw’s priced at 23/10.
Kane to score in England win at 5/2
The in-form striker has scored six of England’s last 10 goals, including the only strike in two 1-0 wins to close out qualifying.
Germany to win and both teams to score at 4/1
Improve your odds on the away win by predicting that England will manage to get themselves on the scoresheet too.