What a way to begin the campaign in the current Olympic games for Selecao and Die Mannschaft. Both sides who last met in the final of 2016 edition are seeded in the same group and will have to encounter at the opener of Tokyo 2020. Brasil is surely on a mission to retain their title while Stefan Kuntz’s side is hoping for a revenge as well as a gold medal at the end of the tournament. It might be still a long way off but a victory at the first match is always helpful.
Both teams’ latest news
Brasil U-24 team under Andre Jardine has decided to call up three over-aged players, two of which are well known figures, the 38-year old Dani Alves and Sevilla man Diego Carlos. They will be expected to guide their team mates with several stars in the squad such as Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho, Lyon man, Bruno Guimares, the Copa America star Richarlison and the former Barcelona man Malcolm.
Germany, on the other hand, determines to rely on most of their U-21 stars who just won EURO U-21 a few months ago. Stefan Kuntz does also include three over-aged names such as Wolfsburg skipper Max Arnold, Union Berlin man Max Kruse and Bayer Leverkusen’s Nadiem Amiri. They will be supporting Marco Richter, Hertha’s Jordan Torunarigha, RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Heinrich and Ausgburg man Felix Uduokhai.
Andre Jardine is likely to be in favour of 4-2-3-1 formation with Hertha man Matheus Cunha as the frontman supported by Malcom and Richarlison or Gabriel Martinelli plus Paulinho behind him. In the midfield, Bruno Guimares and Douglas Luiz or Claudinho should operate in the second line while Dani Alves will be occupying the right back and Diego Carlos is leading the backline.
His counterpart, Stefan Kuntz, should be confident with his 4-3-3 formation with the transition to 4-2-3-1. Max Arnold is expected to feature as the anchorman accompanied by Ismael Jakobs and Eduard Lowen while Max Kruse shall be the frontman supported by Marco Richter and Nadiem Amiri.
Players to watch
The experience of Dani Alves playing in the top teams of Europe such as Barcelona, Juventus and PSG could help Selecao’s mentality to win their second gold medal here. Some other key men to watch are Hertha man Matheus Cunha and Paulinho, whose knowledge of German football can be handy here and Lyon solid defensive midfielder Bruno Guemares.
In Germany U-23, Max Arnold could be taking up the playmaking role. His prowess in taking dead balls could help creating decent chances. Several other notable figures are Jordan Torunarigha and Nadiem Amiri.
Brasil vs Germany prediction
Richarlison and Co are expected to be the dominant side on the attack and remains the strong favourite here, especially considering Germany’s less famous figures in the squad. The game is still quite a tight one but Selecao shall come out as the winner. They have the mentality and solidity to win, unless Stefan Kuntz’s men could exploit Brasilian defence’s weakness.
Neither side is the favourite here. Germany are backed to win at 3.60 , whereas Jardine’s men are priced to slightly higher to win at 2.00. The draw result is at the value of 3.20.