Saturday 26th March. 7:45PM. ITV 1
After a near perfect 2015, Roy Hodgson’s men continue their preparations for Euro 2016 by heading to Berlin’s Olimpiastadion, where they will take on the favourites for this summer’s tournament.
The England-Germany rivalry ensures that this will be a fascinating affair, even if it is a friendly. More importantly, though, it hands the Three Lions a genuine chance to test themselves against the world’s best.
Whatever happens, it should be a cracker from Berlin. Come on England!
Low Looking To Build
Since winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany have suffered a slight dip in consistency, but they’ve still qualified for Euro 2016 with ease and will be eager to kick their preparations into overdrive with a comfortable win against one of their biggest challenges for this summer.
Acclimatising to life without former skipper Philipp Lahm hasn’t been easy, but this German side is bursting with talent. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will be eager to put in a great performance against England while Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels could put themselves in the shop window too.
Meanwhile, Thomas Muller and co will be hoping to take advantage of a new look England backline. The hosts will certainly be out for a positive start to the year, especially after ending 2015 with two defeats in three.
Germany will want to fire a warning to their Euro 2016 rivals while the atmosphere in Berlin should be scintillating too. Expect a big performance from Joachim Low’s Nationalelf.
Can Young Lions Roar To Victory
Like Germany, England’s 2015 ended in unique circumstances as they faced France just days after the Paris attacks that Saturday’s hosts had been caught up in. That 2-0 win at November was a night where football was put into perspective; now, though, Hodgson’s men will be focused on their plans for summer.
It will be a fresh looking side out in Berlin, though, as England’s two most dependable faces are out through injury. The absence of Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney will afford Jack Butland, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy to showcase their talents, and those players will be eager to shy.
If nothing else, this will be a hungry England side, especially with Danny Drinkwater, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley all looking to impress. Meanwhile, John Stones could underline his ability to face top class opposition by trying to keep the Germans quiet.
England were somewhat humbled against Spain in their last away game, but the momentum is good in the camp right now. If they start well, it could be another big night for the Lions. If they can get the performance right, those hopes of ending a 50-year wait for a trophy might just start to grow.
Germany v England Betting
At home, the world champions are always going to be favourites but Bet365’s odds of 4/6 suggest that this might be one of Germany’s more difficult home games of 2016. England, meanwhile, can be backed at 5/1 while the draw is 14/5.
England have enjoyed some of their most memorable nights of the 21st century on German soil, but Hodgson’s side are the underdogs for good reason here.
If the hosts perform to their full potential, they should win with relative ease. With the chance of a refund thrown into the mix, we have to back them on the -1 Asian handicap.
Should Germany show their class to open the calendar year with a win, there’s a good chance that Thomas Muller will be on the scoresheet. And with Betfred offering this match in their DD/HH promotion, we’re going for the first goalscorer market.
Remember those winning are doubled if he scores a second, and treble if he hits a hat-trick. Given the quality of the Bayern Munich man, that has to sound an attractive prospect.