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STAR PREVIEW: England v Germany

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a shocking referee in the Northern Ireland v Switzerland last night – I got the correct score bet up but with him in charge anything could and did happen. The first yellow card should have been red, and the Switzerland penalty wasn’t a penalty. Apart from that ……

To Wembley tonight for England v Germany – a game that can’t help but stir footballing emotions.  However the caveat stated yesterday about betting on friendlies still very much applies.

The first thing that surprised me was that they have played each other SIX times since that memorable night during the qualifying stages of the 2002 World Cup, at the Olympiastadion in Munich, when England ran out 5-1 winners. Only seems like yesterday !!

Since then there have been no drawn games – Germany have won four and England two.

Forecasting the starting XI’s is harder than the result. Hot off the presses here they are:

Starting line-ups

England XI: Pickford; Jones, Maguire, Stones; Trippier, Livermore, Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Rose; Abraham, Vardy

Germany XI: Ter Stegen; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg; Draxler, Werner, Sane

Gareth Southgate has certainly gone for a youthful line-up including Chelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham.

Germany conceded to Northern Ireland, Czech Republic and Azerbaijan in their final four group games and seven of their last 10 games has seen over 3.5 goals triggered.

England v Germany
International Friendly
20:00 ITV

(Maximum 10 matches)
Mar 2017 INTERNATIONAL Germany 1-0 England
Mar 2016 INTERNATIONAL Germany 2-3 England
Nov 2013 INTERNATIONAL England 0-1 Germany
Jun 2010 WORLD CUP Germany 4-1 England
Nov 2008 INTERNATIONAL Germany 1-2 England
Aug 2007 INTERNATIONAL England 1-2 Germany
Sep 2001 WORLD CUP Germany 1-5 England
Oct 2000 WORLD CUP England 0-1 Germany
Jun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 1-0 Germany
Jun 1996 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 1-1 Germany

When all said and done this game is nothing more than playing for pride but there should be goals and Germany’s trend of being involved in high scoring games is set to continue.

I’m splitting stakes on over 3.5 goals (9/4) and over 4.5 goals (11/2) with Star Sports. Another 5-1 scoreline would suit me just fine.

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