Germany vs Russia
Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
Germany host Russia in a high-profile international friendly on Thursday evening at Red Bull Arena. Die Manncshaft will be hoping to raise the spirits after back-to-back losses to Netherlands and France in October. They continued to struggle after a disappointing group stage exit at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Joachim Low’s men will be fighting Netherlands for the second place in the Group 1 on Monday to try and keep their place in the League A. The German manager still believes in Manuel Neuer as the Bayern Munich keeper will get the chance instead of the red-hot Barcelona man Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Neuer shipped five goals in last two matches against Netherlands and France.
Russia are in a much better position in their respective Nations League group. They are pace-setters with seven points from three games and will need only a single point in the last round against Sweden to secure the first-place finish and earn the promotion to League A.
Germany vs Russia: Head-to-head
Germany were the dominant force in this match-up over the course of history.
Die Mannschaft won five and drew one of six meetings with the Russians (25-3 goal difference in the process).
The two sides last met each other in the WC Qualifications back in 2009 when Germans picked up wins both home and away.
Germany vs Russia: Prediction
Russia left a strong impression at the World Cup and they continued to shine in similar fashion at the start of the Nations League campaign. They won three and drew one of last four games after the World Cup. The team led by Stanislav Cherchesov bagged 11 goals in last four matches, while they kept their net untouched in October Nations League ties against Sweden and Turkey.
The bookies see Germany as 1.35 favourites here, but we can’t find any value there based in teams’ recent spell of form. This is why we will back Russia not to lose by two or more goals at the 1.75 odds as the main betting option here.
Germany vs Russia: Bet Tips
Russia +1.5 handicap @ 1.90 (9/10)
Both teams to Score @ 2.20 (11/10).