10/11/17 England vs Germany: Preview

10/11/17 England vs Germany: Preview

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Overview:

England and Germany will be facing each other for the fourth time in four years. On the previous three occasions, the Three Lions have managed to win on one occasion in a 3-2 thriller, which was played in Berlin. In the other two meetings prior to this Friday’s showdown, it was the Germans who came out on top with two 1-0 victories over England. England boss Gareth Southgate has included some selections in the squad that may have come as a surprise to many, such as Tammy Abraham and Ashley Young.

Southgate Experimenting

With the World Cup on the horizon for England, Gareth Southgate will be looking to use the international breaks in-between now and then to work out his best starting XI. So far in Southgate’s reign as England manager, a number of different formations and lineups have been deployed. However, recently Gareth Southgate has committed to playing three at the back during next summer’s World Cup having identified the system as “a better option” and will use the friendlies over the next eight months to familiarise his players with the formation. With attacking full-backs included in the squad, such as Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young, it is likely that we will see Southgate experiment with three defenders and wing backs across the midfield. Tammy Abraham has also been included in the squad by Gareth Southgate, the youngster has had a good start to the season on loan at Swansea, from Chelsea. Southgate has expressed his desire to look towards the younger English players in order to try and mould together a strong team in the future.

Will Germany make it three wins out of four against England?

Germany are going into the game without two of their iconic players. Manuel Neuer is still suffering from a long-term injury and therefore will be sidelined for this encounter. Germany will also be without Thomas Muller , the forward has been out of action since he tore a muscle in his right thigh in a 1-0 win for Bayern Munich against Hamburg. Germany will also be without Leon Goretzka and Shkodran Mustafi. Germany are the big favourites going into the game, with England priced as high as 13/5 with some bookies. The Germans are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but they have the option of mixing up the formation due to the amount of versatile players the squad has, such as Joshua Kimmich. Manager Joachim Low has highlighted that he thinks opposing teams will be looking at Germany as ‘the team to beat’ at the World Cup finals next summer. Low will be looking to go into the tournament with as much momentum as he can gather, starting with aiming to beat England at Wembley on Friday.

 

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