It’s a fixture steeped in rivalry that transcends the boundaries of sport, and so whenever England and Germany meet it is always an eagerly anticipated contest.
This may only be a friendly match – both teams have comfortably qualified for the World Cup in Russia next summer – but the stakes will be as high as always, and in front of a sell-out Wembley crowd we can expect fireworks no matter of the perceived lack of importance of friendlies.
1. The Old Rivalry: England v Germany
It’s just a shame the players involved don’t see it in such terms. The England squad has been decimated by ‘injuries’, and we use inverted commas there deliberately. After a frantic start to the season, the Tottenham trio of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all withdrawn from the squad with ‘minor injuries’, and they have since been joined on the absentee list by Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph. It makes a mockery of the fixture when their club teams are telling them to pull out of the squad to protect their own interests.
Gary Cahill has joined up with the squad though after having treatment on his injury, but unfortunately he will not be available until the Brazil game on Tuesday.
England head into this game with the world champions a little light on quality, but you can’t level the same accusation at Germany. They have named their strongest possible squad, with only Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller absent from injury. It seems Joachim Low is determined to get one over on their old enemy!
So can England maintain their fine form at Wembley Stadium even without their key men, or will Germany make them pay?
2. England vs Germany Betting Tips and Odds
Germany were always fancied to win this match anyway, but after the spate of England squad withdrawals their odds have been slashed yet further: punters can grab 2.10 on the visitors getting the win.
England are available at a general 3.75, with the draw backable at 3.50.
Remarkably, there hasn’t been a draw in a match between England and Germany since 1982 – some 16 meetings ago! In the intervening period England have won just five of those sixteen, and that helps to explain the Germans’ dominance of the fixture in modern times.
They have even taken the spoils on their last two trips to English soil in 2013 and 2007, so all of the omens point towards yet another German victory on Friday.
England can still hope to point out a solid enough team even with their absentees, but their does appear to be a complete lack of attacking quality in the absence of Kane, Alli, Sterling and Adam Lallana. It is believed that Gareth Southgate wanted to experiment with a 3-4-3 system similar to that used at Chelsea as well, but those plans may just have gone out of the window now.
And look at the names of players who could start for Germany: Boateng, Kimmich, Draxler, Goetze, Kroos, Ozil and Sane, amongst others. That is a startlingly good selection for Low to pick from, and their odds of 2.10 look fine value against a depleted England side.
With the quality of players Joachim Low have in his team, we might expect to see some action. That’s why we might bet some on Germany total goals to go over 2.5.
Two old enemies meet at Wembley Stadium on Friday, but with key English players missing will the Germans make their edge count? We do think so!