EURO 2024 PREVIEW

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

EURO 2024 PREVIEW Fri: Germany v Scotland

It’s here! EURO 2024 kicks off on Friday night as hosts Germany take on Scotland at the Allianz Arena, writes JOE CITRONE.

After all the talking, all the build-up…we’re finally here. And, of course, it’s the hosts Germany who kick this tournament off; aiming to put a disappointing past few years behind them and return to the top table of international football.

Julian Nagelsmann, formerly of Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich, is the man who will be hoping to lead them to glory this summer and will be bringing with him a squad that looks very strong on paper.

Unsurprisingly, Germany find themselves as the clear favourites to win Group A (4/11 with starsports.bet) and the expectation is that they should get themselves off to a strong start against Scotland on Friday.

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Jamal Musiala will be one of their key men. The skilful playmaker, who was eligible to represent England before opting for Germany, comes into the tournament off the back of a campaign which saw him score 12 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich.

Scotland will also have to contend with Kai Havertz, who enjoyed a surprisingly solid debut campaign with Arsenal, and also Toni Kroos who will be looking for a fairytale end to his career before his hangs his boots up this summer.

Germany’s defence also looks strong on paper, but there are question marks about whether Antonio Rudiger, formerly of Chelsea of course, will be available after being forced to train on his own following a training ground bust-up with teammate Niclas Fullkrug.

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Germany v Scotland
UEFA EURO 2024 Group A
20:00 ITV1 / STV / ITVX / STV Player

LAST FIVE STATS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SEP 2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Scotland 2-3 Germany
SEP 2014 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Germany 2-1 Scotland
SEP 2003 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Scotland 1-1 Germany
JUN 2003 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Scotland 1-1 Germany
APR 1999 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Germany 0-1 Scotland

GERMANY
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Germany 2-1 Greece
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Germany 0-0 Ukraine
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Germany 2-1 Netherlands
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY France 0-2 Germany
NOV 2023 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER Austria 2-0 Germany

SCOTLAND
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Scotland 2-2 Finland
JUN 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Scotland 0-1 Northern Ireland
MAR 2024 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Netherlands 4-0 Scotland
NOV 2023 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER Scotland 3-3 Norway

Scotland put up a good fight at the last European Championship – their first major tournament since 1996 – but ultimately failed to make it past the group-stage. This time, they will be hoping for more.

On paper, their group – which includes Switzerland and Hungary as well as Friday opponents Germany – looks tough, but Scotland will be buoyed by the impressive qualifying campaign that got them here.

Steve Clarke’s men didn’t need the play-offs this time, qualifying directly for the tournament ahead of Erling Haaland’s Norway and just four points adrift of table-toppers Spain.

The Tartan Army will be hoping that injuries don’t get in the way of a fruitful tournament, though, with Lewis Ferguson ruled out completely and fitness doubts looming over Nathan Patterson, Stuart Armstrong, Aaron Hickey and Ben Doak.

As much as I expect Scotland to, as always, give it a good go, I don’t think they have enough to trouble Germany in this opening match of EURO 2024 – especially with that home crowd roaring Nagelsmann’s side on.

At ? with starsports.bet, I will be backing Germany to win to nil and also like the look of Musiala to assist a goal at ? .


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