England’s disappointing defeat to Chile will surely ignite the fire in the bellies of the players before they take on great foes Germany, but 2 defeats in the space of 1 week is the unfortunate probable outcome here.
England fans were right to feel a bit down after the loss on home soil against a South American side that doesn’t exactly boast the same credentials of the likes of Brazil, Argentina or Uruguay. However, an inspired performance by Barcelona’s fleet-footed winger Alexis Sanchez resulted in 2-0 defeat to Roy Hodgson’s much rotated team. The former Liverpool and West Brom manager handed debuts to Southampton pair Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana, and it was the latter who made the greatest impact on the game, with the Hertfordshire lad taking most of the plaudits for his gutsy performance both going forward and deep inside his own half. Lallana could be handed another opportunity to impress against Germany this Tuesday, and the chances of him following in the foot steps of another recent debutant, Andros Townsend, and grab himself a goal are quite possible. Lallana is at 14/1 to score first at bet365.
One man who has been declared fit for the game is forward Daniel Sturridge. The striker has been in red hot form for Liverpool this season, with 10 goals in 12 games for the Reds, and the front man also managed to bag himself goal in last months qualifier against Montenegro. Sturridge missed the Chile game through injury, but his return will most likely see him paired up once again with the ever-present Wayne Rooney up front, in a partnership that looks increasingly likely by the day as England’s new permanent striking duo for the near future. Sturridge is down at 11/4 to score anytime, and 8/1 to score first, both on Skybet.
Looking at the opposition, Joachim Low has such an array of talent blossoming throughout the nation that many pundits have tipped Germany to lift the cup in Rio next summer, despite the drastic differences in the weather and playing conditions. In recent friendlies Low has allowed his younger less experienced players to show that they deserve a seat on the plane next summer, and this is likely to continue, with 4 key players missing for Die Mannschaft, Bayern Munich duo Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer, along with Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, and now Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. This will give the opportunity to the likes of Sidney Sam, Julian Draxler and Max Kruse to impress and prove their worth to Low. 25 year-old Kruse has risen from almost obscurity to make the 23-man national squad over the last couple of months, but his eye-catching performances along with his 7 goals for Borussia Monchengladbach has allowed him to reap the rewards of his fine showings this season, and the forward is as high as 15/2 to open the scoring on SkyBet.
Since the year 2000, the two sides have taken it in turns to be one another, with the 6 games resulting in 3 wins a piece, with the Germans enjoying the last one 4-1 at the 2010 World Cup, which was soured by the ‘goal that wasn’t a goal’ by Frank Lampard. One thing to note here is that in the last 4 meetings, over 2.5 goals, and both teams have scored in each game. The odds of that happening a 5th time in a row is 5/6 (over 2.5 goals) on Betfair, and 13/20 (both teams to score) on Ladbrokes. The trend could continue with a miraculous England win, but I believe Germany’s raw flair and dynamic young side will prevail in this bitter affair.Read more betting previews for upcoming fixtures here.
MY PREDICTION: England 1-3 Germany, which is 19/1 at BetVictor.
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