Nations League Returns with Germany v Spain Clash
Last updated: September 1, 2020 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||Mercedes Benz Arena|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Last Meeting:||Germany 1 – 1 Spain|
|Competition:||UEFA Nations League|
International football returns with just the second edition of the UEFA Nations League, and we feature Germany against Spain. Both sides had a rough campaign in the inaugural competition and will be looking to reinstate their names among the greatest in this year competition
This game could prove to be an exciting matchup between two sides with exquisite talented youngsters. They will be excited about the chance to make a name for themselves in readiness for the European Championship, that has been rescheduled to next year due to the ongoing health crisis. The doubleheader, with two games set to be played in the next ten days, could give the
Now that football has found a way to coexist with the pandemic we prepare for a new phase of International action as the UEFA Nations League starts for just its second time. Germany had a tournament to forget failing to win a single match in the group stage, drawing twice and suffering two defeats to finish bottom in their group. By the rules of the competition, Germany was relegated. They should have been playing in the second tier of the tournament, but a rather convenient restructure saved the Germans (along with Croatia, Iceland and Poland). Spain has won the last two competitive encounters against Germany, the 2010 World Cup semi-finals in Durban and the UEFA EURO 2008 final, both occasions winning by a single goal.
Die Mannschaft are now the new force in the latest shift of European dominance in club football. Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League but will miss crucial players such as Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and Manuel Neuer. The last time German played an international match was back in November 2019 when they hammered Northern Ireland 6 – 1 in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Joachim Low has won eight of the last 12 games with just one defeat in their 4 -2 embarrassment in front of their home crowd against their new bitter rivals the Netherlands. The defeat almost led to his dismissal and prompted him to make a huge reshuffle to his squad, letting go of some of his old guards and blending in the new talents to give his team some fresh energy.
They now have young, exciting talents arising in the squad with the emergence of the new Chelsea’s top gun Timo Werner who scored 36 goals in 49 appearances last season. The other transfer target for the Blues, Kai Harvertz, managed 12 goals and six assists for Bayern Leverkusen. Leroy Sane is set for an official return after a long injury spell and amid his 55 million Euro transfer to the treble winners, Bayern Munich.
Spain head to this encounter on an 11 game unbeaten run cruising through the Euro 2020 qualifiers with nine wins and two draws. They had an average campaign in their UEFA Nations League beating England 2 – 1 and Croatia 6 – 0; they had a disappointing end losing 3 – 2 to England and Croatia with the same scoreline. Spain has been an entertaining side to watch producing goal fest in all their matches with over 2.5 goals in all four. Like their opponents, Luiz Enrique has named a young squad with the like of Wolves maestro Adama Traore and Sevilla Europa League winner Sergio Reguilon could make their international debut in an exciting line-up.
Ansu Fati was the breakout star for Barcelona last season scoring eight goals, including a goal on his debut, if rumours are to be believed (they are not!), Manchester United were considering paying £135 million for the 17-year-old. Highly unlikely, but it shows how regarded the youngster is. Adama Traore is the fascinating addition, this is his first call-up, meaning the 24-year-old chose the 2020 World Cup winners over Mali. He will surely add a different aspect with energy and pace that has lit up the Premier League; the Wolves player has been effective on the counter-attack yielding six goals and nine assists in 49 appearances.
Spain, however, doesn’t have a true striker in their ranks with Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata both overlooked.
Germany failed to register a single win in the previous UEFA Nations League group stage losing twice and drawing twice.
Leroy Sane is set to make a return after being sidelined for almost one year with Serge Gnabry given a rest after his heroics in the Bayern team.
Spain have won the last two competitive encounters between the two sides in the 2010 World Cup semi-final and the final of the EURO 2008.
Barcelona’s new wonder kid Ansu Fati and Wolves speedster Adama Traore will be the exciting International senior debuts.
|Germany (4-2-3-1):||Leno, Sule, Rudiger, Kehrer, Koch, Gundogan, Kroos, Sane, Draxler, Brandt, Werner|
|Subs:||Trapp, Ginter, Gosen, Schulz, Tah, Can, Havertz, Neuhaus, Serdar, Waldschmidt|
|Spain (4-2-3-1):||De Gea, Carvajal, Garcia, Ramos, Reguilon, Alcantara, Rodri, Rodrigo, Asensio, Fati, Traore|
|Subs:||Kepa, Simon, Navas, P.Torres, Busquets, Merino, Olmo, Rodriguez, Moreno, F.Torres|
So Far This Season
|Germany This Season||Spain This Season|
|0 (0)||Wins (away)||0 (0)|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|—||Top Goal Scorer||—|
|Y0, R0||Discipline||Y0, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|0%||Both Teams to Score Games||0%|
|0%||Over 2.5 Goals||0%|
|100%||Under 2.5 Goals||100%|
- Germany and Spain have faced each other six times, Germany has two wins against Spain’s three wins with the remaining one a draw.
- Not the best high scoring match recently as in the last four games, the scoreline has been under 2.5 with three of the last four with no to BTTS.
- Exciting young prospects are expected to light up the stage with Leroy Sane for Germany and Adama Traore for Spain.
- Spain has named a stronger squad than the German squad in terms of experience, but this could a platform for the more energetic youngsters.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|23/03/2018||Friendly||Germany 1 – 1 Spain||Rodrigo 6’|
|18/11/2014||Friendly||Spain 0 – 1 Germany||Kroos 89’|
|07/07/2010||World Cup||Germany 0 – 1 Spain||Puyol 73’|
|26/06/2008||Euro||Germany 0 – 1 Spain||Torres 33’|
|12/02/2003||Friendly||Spain 3 – 1 Germany||Raul 32’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
It seems highly unlikely to us that Germany will be so complacent in this edition of the tournament as they were in the first. Only an extremely convenient restructuring of the competition meant they were saved the ignominy of playing in the second tier. Rant over, they do have a great team with some amazing youngsters, and many Chelsea fans will be watching with a vested interest!
Like Germany, Spain didn’t have the best first tournament, especially by their high standards. This average run seems to be over; they are on an 11-match winning streak and breezed through their Euro 2020 (2021) qualifying group. They also have youngsters to watch out for, and the addition to their squad of Wolves player Adama Traore is intriguing.
Whenever you see Germany v Spain as a fixture, you expect goals, but on this occasion, we are not convinced. A combination of missing players and inexperience is likely to lead to a frustrating game for both sides. Recent games have been settled by a single goal, also likely to be the case here but we feel a score draw will be the result. 888sport offer 21/4 for a 1-1 scoreline.