Germany and Poland clash at Stade de France in Paris in the potential Group C decider on Thursday night.
The German side, despite their injury problems and inconsistent form prior to the tournament earned a 2-0 win against Ukraine in their first group fixture. They had to withstand some pressure from their opponents in the first half, but grew in confidence and exert complete authority in the second half. Despite all the positives, the communication between the goal keeper Manuel Neuer and defensive pairing or Jerome Boateng and Shkodran Mustafi looked suspicious on occasions.
Poland were fully in control in the 1-0 win over Northern Ireland, but will be disappointed by the lack of goals after creating so many chances. Their defense was hardly troubled and goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was a mere spectator throughout the 90 minutes. Robert Lewandowski had a quite match, but the one who caught all headlines was the 19 year old youngster Bartosz Kapustka – described as “deliciously talented” by Gary Lineker.
Poland Team News
Poland will be without their goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny for the match against Germany after suffering a thigh injury in the opening match against Northern Ireland.
Adam Nawalka is expected to field an unchanged eleven which earned his team a 1-0 win in the group opener.
Poland: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Fabianski – Jedrzejczyk, Pazdam, Glik, Piszczek – Kapustka, Maczynski, Krychowiak, Blaszczykowski – Milik, Lewandowski.
Germany Team News
Mat Hummels remains sidelined with the injury and is also expected to miss the last group game against Northern Ireland. Shkodran Mustafi will continue at the defense partnering Boateng, and Gotze is likely to continue at left wing keeping Gomez on the bench.
Germany: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Neuer – Hector, Mustafi, Boateng, Howedes – Draxler, Khedira, Kroos –, Ozil, Muller – Gotze.
Germany vs Poland: Head-to-Head Stats
- Out of the last 12 matches played between the sides, Germany won 8 of them, drawing 3 and losing just once to Poland.
- Poland’s only win against Germany came in the first leg of Euro 2016 qualification campaign on October 2014.
- They had met once in Euro final tournaments, in the 2008 edition, where Germany won by 2-0.
Germany vs Poland: Prediction
Germany, despite keeping a clean sheet against Ukraine, looked vulnerable in defense. At the same time, they also failed to take most of the chances came their way to increase their goal tally. Joachim Low’s men had scored in 16 of their last 18 matches and so they can be backed to score a goal here again. But they hardly keep clean sheets these days and are very likely to concede one as well.
The pre-match favourites here are certainly Germany, considering the quality of the squad and the number of players who can win a match on their own. None of the teams want to lose this and therefore expect a cat and mouse affair here. But Germany is likely to run out eventual winners by a 3-1 margin.
Both Teams to Score (1.83)
Over 2.5 Goals (1.80)
Germany to win (1.53)