Germany v England Match Preview and Betting Tips

March 18, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Wednesday 22 March – Westfalenstadion – Friendly

England face Germany in a glamour friendly on Wednesday, and it’s always a passionate affair between the two countries. The odds are on a lively encounter that sees more action than the usual international friendlies, so betting on a few goals could be worth a punt.

Past Meetings

It’s hard to say which country stakes the biggest claim to holding the upper hand on past meetings. As well as the most recent friendly win and the 5-1 in Munich, England will always have their famous World Cup victory in 1966. The Germans have taken their vengeance in the years since though, dumping the Three Lions out of numerous competitions.

Team News

Germany come into this game with a number of Premier League stars to watch out for, not least Manchester City’s Leroy Sane who has been hugely impressive of late. Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will win his 130th and final cap for Die Mannschaft, having announced his retirement after last summer’s European Championship.

After suffering something of a striking crisis with Harry Kane and captain Wayne Rooney missing out through injury, Jermaine Defoe has been recalled to the England setup over three years since his last cap. It’s quite a young squad apart from that, with Marcus Rashford given another chance to impress at international level.

Germany v England Preview and Predictions

England travel to Dortmund in what is Gareth Southgate’s first game since being announced as the Three Lions’ permanent boss. Defending world champions Germany will be looking to spoil the occasion though, and the hosts go into the game as strong favourites. Joachim Low’s squad has a daunting blend of youth and experience, which lands them at odds of 5/6 to get the win.

For Southgate, what better way for the new boss to kick off his official reign than against the old enemy. It would’ve been some prediction to have a bet on this scenario over 20 years ago when the former defender missed his crucial penalty at Euro 96, and much longer odds than the 7/2 available for an England victory on Wednesday evening.

This is a fixture packed with history, and despite coming into the game as underdogs and with a relatively inexperienced squad, England will be determined to get a result. With this in mind, the draw at 11/4 could prove to be a shrewd bet. With a somewhat questionable defensive unit to rely on, attack could prove to be the best form of defence for the Three Lions, which may lead to some fireworks.

Recommended Bets

Over 3.5 goals at 11/2

If history is anything to go by, including the last friendly which England won 3-2, this game is unlikely to be a scoreless bore draw.

Lukas Podolski to score the last goal at 9/2

The forward goes into his last international game on 48 goals, and there’s no doubt the 31-year-old will be eyeing up the half century. His teammates will know it too.

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