Germany starts their Euro preparation with a friendly game against Slovakia on 29th May 2016 at WWK Arena Augsburg. Germany being the reigning World Champions, will be hoping to take over the European trophy from current title holders Spain; who won the trophy back to back. Germany are ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings and are playing Slovakia who are ranked 32nd. And both teams are keen to test their abilities before the Euro competition.
The Germans will be coming into this game on the back of a 4-1 thrilling victory over the Italians in March. They lost 3-2 to the Three Lions of England days before the Italy Victory. Germany finished top of their group in the qualifying stage of the Euros, though it wasn’t easy for them as they lost home and away to Poland and also lost away to Republic of Ireland.
Slovakia were superb in their Qualifying Fixtures though they finished second behind reigning Champions Spain. They started with 6 straight wins which kept them top of the table initially, but later slipped and conceded the pole position to Spain. Hamsik finished as the group’s top scorer with 5 goals. This will be the first time Slovakia take part at the European competition.
Germany: Team News
Neuer will be rested for the game as Bayer Leverkusen shot stopper Bernd Leno will play in goal post for the Germans.
Mat Hummels will miss the game as he is on recovery from calf injury. Schweinstiger is yet to attain full fitness and won’t be risked ahead of the Euros.
Germany: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Leno – Howedes, Boateng, Rudiger, Can – Khedira, Kross – Reus, Draxler, Muller – Gomez.
Slovakia: Team News
Slovakia rested most of their players in the friendly played against Georgia on Friday, they rested players will be recalled to the starting line up.
Slovakia: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Mucha – Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan – Pecovsky, Kucka – Mak, Hamsik, Weiss – Nemec.
Germany vs Slovakia: Head-To-Head stats
Germany have won most their ties together, they have won 3 games and lost 1 in their 4 meetings. None of their meetings have ended in draw. Their last meeting was in 2007 which the Germans won 2-1
Germany vs Slovakia: Prediction
Germany may be the favourite with the big names they have in their squad but Slovakia are having an excellent run right from the beginning of the qualifiers, wining most of their games. With missing names and injury in the German camp, I think Slovakia has a chance of coming out victorious.
I expect Slovakia to give Germans a hard fight and earn a win or a draw.