The England’s spectre is haunting again as Die Mannschaft was set to finish the second of the table. Mainly this could be considered as a curse since Joachim Low’s men will potentially end the Three Lions’ campaign here. Yet, this could be a coincidence too, especially in relation to their encounter in the very same venue in 1996. All eyes are on Gareth Southgate again, the England boss who once was the called a scapegoat for their loss on penalties against Germany in the semifinal. Could this be his redemption, the same way as he managed to end the curse of penalty shoot out failure in World Cup 2018 round of 16? England fans are certainly hopeful for such but the daunting name of Der Panzer speaks for its looming nightmare.
Both teams’ latest news
England sealed the top spot in group D after thumping Czech Rep 1-0 through a single goal of Raheem Sterling again, the wide attacker who did not even score a single goal in World Cup 2018. It was a tight affair but England’s solid defence could keep them from conceding.
Meanwhile, Germany had to wait for Leon Goretzka’s equaliser to save their campaign in Euro as well as the spot in the round of 16. They could only muster a 2-2 draw against Hungary. Adam Szalai’s header put them behind but Kai Havertz’s goal levelled the term. At the second half, Andres Scahfer gave Hungary another lead before eventually denied by Goretzka’s strike inside the six-yard box.
Gareth Southgate might consider deploying 4-2-3-1 again but with the instant possibility to switch to 3-4-2-1 mirroring their opposition. The backline will be occupied by Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. In the midfield, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson shall be supporting Kieran Trippier who could drop off or push forward on the right flank while Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford could be opted instead of Harry Kane to feature upfront. They need players with pace. acceleration and composure plus a clinical finish to break the deadlock as German defenders have been in trouble on covering such forwards. Unfortunately, several names are still doubtful to be available here such as Mason Mount, Ben Chillwell and Dean Henderson.
His counterpart, Joachim Low is still believed to be still in favour of 3-4-2-1 again inspired by Chelsea’s success in the Champions League this year. Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz and Thomas Muller will be in the starting XI again supported by wing back Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich.
Players to watch
Raheem Sterling remains the dangerous forward who could be expected to score again. He has netted twice so far in the tournament, the only scorer from the Three Lions. Another key name to watch is Bukayo Saka who was voted as the man of the match in the previous outing.
Germany, on the other hand, would be counting on to their wing backs more for their attacking options. Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich will be the unexpected menace from both flanks. They have contributed one goal and two assists combined. Another notable name to watch is Chelsea man Kai Havertz who has bagged two goals so far.
England vs Germany prediction
This classic encounter would potentially be very full of drama or tactical battle between two sides. The horrible memory of 1996 could be the burden Southgate should carry on during the game, or he could overturn it and the lady luck could be on their side. The swift penetration from out wide followed by long crosses plus the short passes in front of the centre backs are something Harry Maguire and Co needs to be aware of. If they could win the ball from German wing backs and build up the attack from there, England might have a chance at all since Joachim Low’s side’ concession have been mainly initiated from there. The final score would be quite hard to expect and it could go on till the shoot out once again.
Neither side is the favourite here. In fact, the highest odds are for the draw result , which is at 12/5. Germany are backed to win at 39/19, , whereas Southgate’s men are priced to win at 18/11.