Realistically, there is no such thing as a friendly between these two old enemies. It’s a rivalry that dates back to the early 1900s of course from a political perspective, but out on the football pitch the battle has been no less hard-fought.
These date back the best part of a century, and some of the most notorious games in football history have been between this pair. Who can forget the infamous World Cup final between the pair in 1966, which spawned the ‘goal that never was’ and the legendary commentary line; ‘they think it’s all over... it is now!’
Then they met in the semi-final of the European Championships in 1996 at Wembley Stadium, and after a 1-1 draw the match went to extra time and penalties. Once again, the Germans prevailed in a nerve-shredding shootout, and then went on to lift the trophy on English soil.
1. Germany vs England Football Rivalry
Remarkably, Germany’s mark on the old Wembley is indelibly marked; in the last ever game played at the old ground, it was their man Dietmar Hamann who scored the last ever goal on the hallowed turf as the Germans once again asserted their authority on the English.
But England did gain some semblance of revenge the last time the two met when, after going two goals down in Berlin, the Three Lions pulled off a magical second-half comeback to take the game 3-2.
So friendly match? There’s no such thing between these two teams!
2. The Bookies Choice - 1X2 Odds
Given their formidable record on home soil, it is perhaps no surprise to see Germany installed as a slight favourite with Bet365 at 1.72.
But having tasted victory last time they played in the country there will be no fear from England, who will be well backed at a generous 5.25.
The draw is available at 3.90, but be warned: there has been no stalemate between these two teams in eight straight encounters.
Germany vs England - Best odds
3. Germany v England Betting Tips
As mentioned, we don’t need to worry too much about the players taking this friendly seriously; they will be bang up for it. Team selection will reflect that and so will the strength of the tackles flying in!
England have been in excellent form in the past 18 months or so – barring Euro 2016 of course – and yet bizarrely their record in friendlies away from home isn’t that great: W4 D2 L2 doesn’t look too bad on paper, but comfortable defeats at the hands of Spain and Sweden, plus an inability to defeat the likes of Ecuador and Ireland, tells its own story. Don’t forget, the Three Lions were comprehensively outplayed in the first half of their last match away in Germany too; 0-2 down at half-time and it could have been more.
The Germans have lost just one of their last 13 games (W10 D2 L1), but they are vulnerable having lost to such luminaries as Slovakia and the United States in home friendlies. But, as we’ve said, they won’t leave anything to chance against their old enemy here. So we’re backing Germany to Win & Over 2.5 Goals at 2.87.
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