Date: September 7, 2014
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Kick-off Time: 19:45 hours BST
Germany will take on Scotland in their opening UEFA European Champions qualifier. They are a part of group D with Georgia, Gibraltar, Poland and Republic of Ireland making up the rest of the group.
Germany Form: W-W-W-W-W-L
They lost an international friendly earlier in the week against Argentina, the country they beat to clinch the most coveted football prize in the world, the FIFA World Cup 2014.
German midfielder Marco Reus who missed out on the World Cup due to an injury was a part of the losing team earlier in the week. He insisted that his team will play much better football during the qualifiers.
Scotland Form: D-W-W-D-W
Scotland have progressed to the first round of the UEFA European Champions only on two occasions. However, with this side being one of their strongest ever, they will be looking to continue their fine international form.
Having managed to keep four clean sheets in their last six games, Scotland will definitely be no pushovers for the World Champions.
These two teams have met five times in the past with Scotland managing to win once and draw once, while they lost the other three.
Germany: Andre Schurrle
World Cup winner Andre Schurrle will be hoping that he can regain his inspiring form and help guide his team back to winning ways.
With a considerable number of players out injured, he could be given a starting berth. He is a versatile midfielder and can play either on the flanks or upfront filling the void left my Klose.
During the last month, most of the senior players from the quad have opted to retire. Defenders, Per Mertesacker and Philip Lahm hung their boots up. All time highest goal scorer, Miroslav Klose also announced his retirement.
With Lahm retiring, Bastian Schweinsteiger is the new captain of Die Mannschaft but due to an injury will miss out on this game. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will take up the role of captaincy on this occasion.
Central defensive midfielder who plays for Real Madird, Sami Khedira will miss this game. Germany will also miss the services of Mats Hummels and Shkodran Mustafi at the back.
We could see Mario Gomez and Mesut Ozil both shake of injuries and gain a starting berth for this all important opening qualifying game.
Scotland: Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher’s experience in midfield will have a lot to play. His leadership as well as guidance will be of prime importance if Scotland wants to continue their fine international run.
He can play either in a defensive role and can move upfront as and when required by the team.
Steven Naismith has been in inspiring form in front of goal for his club Everton. Gordon Strachan, coach of Scotland will be hoping for his striker to replicate his form on the national level. Darren Fletcher will have a very important role in this game and will have to bring all his experience to the table when he lines up for his national side.
Hard to see how Scotland will be able to overcome the mighty Germany in this encounter, but they can surely take something from the Argentina win. Germany will still win and this could be a high goal-scoring match with BetVictor offering 1.4 for more than 2.5 goals to be scored.
Ladbrokes are also offering money-back if Scotland score the first goal in the game.