One of the biggest rivalries in international football is set to take place as England hosts Germany in the last 16. Hosts England head into it slight favourites but it’s never an easy one whenever these two clash.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Wembley Stadium
England managed to top their group as they were expected to but they were massively underwhelming in their approach.
The Three Lions looked less than convincing when going forward but Gareth Southgate has seemed to make defence a basis for success as they are yet to concede so far. England didn’t get to face a team of Germany’s caliber in the group stages so this game might be a whole different ball game.
If England want to rely on their defence to get the job done once more, they will needing their attack and whilst so far it’s been Raheem Sterling doing the bits for them, Harry Kane needs to start scoring. The England captain is yet to break his duck in the competition and hasn’t really looked himself. That said, England would desperately need a victory and the history books is kind to them as they are unbeaten in nine consecutive games at Wembley.
Germany needed an 84th minute equalizer from Leon Goretzka against Hungary to seal a place in the last 16.
Die Manschaft conceded five times en route to finishing second in the ‘group of death’ and could have conceded more but they also scored six goals including four against the defending champions Portugal.
Germany have been involved in a number of high-scoring matches recently but may have to accept that the game against England could be the exact opposite. If the match does go in to extra time and possibly penalties, then Germany could have the advantage over the English if recent history is anything to go by.
England have a clean bill of health for this game.
Lukas Klostermann & Jonas Hofmann are set to miss out due to injuries.
England’s last five games: WWWDW
Germany’s last five games: DWLDW
England haven’t beaten Germany in the knockout stages of a major competition since their victory in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.
Coincidentally, the 1966 World Cup Final was also the last time Germany lost to England on English soil, winning three and drawing once since then.
England haven’t offered much going forward in this tournament but they are also yet to concede a goal. Less than three goals have been scored in three of the last four meetings between these two countries. Each of England’s last five games have seen under 2.5 goals, while two of Germany’s last three games against teams ranked in the top 10 have also featured less than 3 goals (against France and Denmark). So let’s go for Under 2.5 goals here at odds of 8/11.
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