Germany are looking to get their World Cup preparations back on track when they travel to the Worthersee Stadion to face Austria on Saturday. The defending world champions have failed to win any of their last four fixtures, and their neighbours won’t be a pushover either.
Where and when: Worthersee Stadion – 2 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Austria vs. Germany: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: These countries last met in 2013 in a World Cup qualifier, with Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller getting the goals in a 3-0 win for Die Mannschaft.
Austria v Germany Predictions and Preview
Germany are going for their 10th successive victory over Austria on Saturday, but the hosts will view this as a great chance to end their poor run of results against their more illustrious opponents.
Although they failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, Austria have won their last five games, which includes a victory over Serbia who topped their qualifying group. Das Team also beat Uruguay in November, with Franco Foda’s side priced at 11/2 for the win at the weekend.
Germany are favourites in the betting at 8/13, as things start to get serious for Joachim Low and his players. Die Mannschaft are bidding to become the first country to retain the World Cup since Brazil managed to do so back in 1962, but they need to arrest their recent dip in form.
After three straight draws against England, France and Spain following the culmination of a flawless qualifying campaign that saw them win all 10 of their matches, Germany lost against Brazil in Berlin in March.
They have a chance to get back to winning ways against a lesser opponent in this game, although an in-form Austria should still be a test. If you think Low’s side will stumble to their fourth draw in five, the stalemate is priced at 7/2.
The team that Germany put out will be interesting, with Manuel Neuer set to make his first appearance in over eight months after a broken foot. Low has named four goalkeepers in his provisional World Cup squad, so the Bayern Munich man needs to prove he’s ready to take his place as the German No.1 ahead of the Russia showpiece.
Die Mannschaft have plenty of firepower in their ranks, with the likes of Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez, Marco Reus and Timo Werner all competing for a place in the starting line-up. For the hosts, Marko Arnautovic will be a threat, so a Germany win with both teams scoring could be worth a shot at 23/10.
One to watch for Austria: Arnautovic has had an excellent season in the Premier League for West Ham. He has 19 international goals to his name, and is 17/2 to add to his tally with the opening goal of the game on Saturday.
One to watch for Germany: Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has also shone in the Premier League this term, forcing his way into contention for a spot in Low’s starting XI. The 22-year-old is yet to score for his country, and he’s 13/2 to put that right by scoring first.
Long shot: Germany won 2-1 the last time they played in Austria, and a repeat of that scoreline is priced at 15/2. Add in Muller as the first scorer and you can get odds of 35/1.