High profile friendly awaits on Saturday as familiar foes Germany and England take part in a friendly at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Joachim Low’s team are coming on a back of a 2-1 defeat to France and in recent times their form has been pretty inconsistent. Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland await them in the group stages of Euros 2016 and it won’t be any easy route to qualify to the knock-out stages and Low knows well he has to get the combination right.
England have won all of their 10 matches in qualifying stages and their young squad under Hodgson looks good to challenge the traditional powerhouses of Europe. They are grouped alongside neighbors Wales, Russia and Slovakia in a comparatively easy group at the Euro finals.
Germany have lost 2 of their last three matches, 1-0 Ireland and 2-0 to France with a 2-1 win over minnows Georgia sandwiched between them.
The Mannschaft have conceded at least a goal in their last five matches.
The Germans are on a two match winning streak at home, before failing to win the previous two – 2-1 defeat to USA and 1-1 draw against Australia.
The 2-0 defeat to Spain away from home on November 2015 ended England’s 15 match undefeated streak.
They bounced back with a 2-0 win over France 4 days later and remains with 1 defeat in their last 17 matches.
England have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches.
Their last 4 away matches read 3 wins (Slovenia, San Marino, Lithuania) and 1 loss (2-0 Spain).
Germany vs England: Head-to-Head Stats
Out of 13 matches between the sides, Germany won 7 times, England 5 and there was 1 draw.
Germany have won 3 and lost 1 in their last four matches against England and are on a consecutive win streak.
Four of their last five meetings have witnessed over 2.5 goals, with both teams scoring at least a goal.
The last meeting between the teams was in a friendly on November 2013, Germany winning 1-0 on that occasion.
Germany: Team News
Jerome Boateng and Benedikt Howedes are ruled out with injury and 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah earned his first call-up to the German national.
Ilkay Gundogan and Bastian Schweinsteiger are also missing through injury, while Mario Gotze will make a return to the starting line-up since his long term injury lay-off.
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and Dortmund winger Marco Reus are all set to start here as Germany look to extend their win streak over England.
Germany Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Neuer – Ginter, Mustafi, Hummels, Hector – Khedira, Kroos – Muller, Ozil, Reus – Gotze.
England: Team News
Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is rewarded with a call-up to the national side for his excellent performances in England Premier League and could start here. Tottenham full back Danny Rose is another new face in the squad who has impressed with his performances in recent months.
Manchester City duo Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling are out due to injuries, but Sterling could recover in time for the match against Netherlands on 30th March.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is welcome back to the squad after his return from injury and heavy Premier League scorers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are all expected to start here.
In Joe Hart’s absence, it would be between Fraser Forster and Jack Butland for a spot between the goal posts.
Tottenham’s young midfielders Eric Dier and Dele Alli could start alongside Liverpool’s Adam Lallana in midfield.
Familiar faces are expected in centre of defence with Man United’s Chris Smalling partnering Chelsea’s Cahill, while Tottenham duo Walker and Rose patrolling the wings.
England: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Forster – Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose – Lallana, Dier, Alli – Welbeck, Kane, Vardy
Germany vs England: Prediction
An exciting game is in prospects for both fans and neutrals alike considering the terrific form of the players in both team’s roster. Both teams are set on an attacking philosophy and expect over 2.5 goals.
Germany may have a good record against England in recent clashes, but as things stand at the moment, it is very hard to separate the teams. At home soil, one should expect Die Mannschaft to edge this one, but I believe England’s young squad are up to crash the party on Saturday night.
My Prediction is Germany 2-2 England.