Germany v Argentina | Betting Preview

Date: September 3, 2014
Venue: ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kick-off Time: 19:45 BST

A repeat of the 2014 World Cup final which was played at the Maracana is set to take place as Germany and Argentina will play each other in their first International Friendly post the World Cup Finals.

This, however, will be far from a friendly with the South American team seeking revenge. The Germans will be looking to continue the momentum with the Euro 2016 qualification looming over.

Germany Form

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Four times World Champions, Germany will be starting a new era under newly appointed captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German midfielder took over as skipper as earlier captain Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international football.

Germany coach Joachim Low has named Schweinsteiger as captain for the next two years owing to his performance during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. However, he may miss the match as they were considered no fit enough.

Over the last month, there has been quite the exodus in the German Camp. Three of their key players Per Mertesacker, Lahm and Miroslav Klose announced their retirement. This match will be used by Low to assess which players can fill the void left by them.

Holding midfielder, Sami Khedira is set to miss the game and hence Sebastian Rudy has been given a call up to fill in. Germany will also miss the service of Shkodran Mustafi, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng as they have been ruled out due to injury. Whether or not Mesut Ozil will be given a run will have to be seen.

Low will welcome Marco Reus back into his squad after the star midfielder missed the World Cup due to a ligament injury he sustained during the warm up matches.

Argentina Form

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This will be the first game for newly appointed manager Gerardo Martino. He was made manager of the national squad on August 12, 2014.

A disappointed Argentina squad will be hoping to turn the tide when they take on the Germans. Unfortunately for them Captain and star player, Lionel Messi’s role will be reduced to that of a spectator due to a muscle strain he picked up while representing his club, Barcelona.

Martino will have a selection headache as most of the players who featured in the World Cup Finals are not fully fit. He will be without Rodrigo Palacio, Maxi Rodriguez, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ezequiel Garay.

Statistics are in favour of the La Albiceleste as these two nations have played each other on 21 occasions, with Argentina leading the head-to-head record by nine games to eight.

Key Players

Germany: Mario Gotze

World Cup winner Mario Gotze will be hoping to drill a deeper hole in the heart of the Argentines after coming on as a substitute in the World Cup Final ad scoring the winning goal for his nation. The versatile midfielder can play either as a number 10 or play upfront filling the gap left by Klose.

Argentina: Angel Di Maria

After quite a busy off-season and with the player changing clubs, Di Maria will be looking to get back to form and lead the way in this game as Messi is ruled out. Di Maria who is also quite a flexible and artistic player can either play on the flanks or down through the centre.

Prediction

Germany should be able to get one up over the Argentinians due to their bench strength and the fact that they do not have rely on any one of their players to take them over the line. Also, the wounds from the World Cup defeat will still be fresh in the hearts of the Argentine squad and coupled with the absence of Messi, it seems difficult for them to come out and win.

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