Germany host Latvia at Dusseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena on Monday night, as Die Mannschaft complete their preparations for Euro 2020. Joachim Low needs a big performance from his team, as the outgoing German coach aims to avoid entering the Euros on a three-match winless sequence.
Where and when: Merkur Spiel-Arena – 7 June, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany vs. Latvia: Sky Sports
Last time: These countries haven’t played each other since sharing a goalless draw in the group stages of Euro 2004.
Germany v Latvia Predictions and Preview
Neither Germany nor Latvia made it out of their group some 17 years ago at Euro 2004. As we head into this summer’s European Championship, the Germans have a tough task on their hands avoiding the same fate, although at least they have the chance to try.
Latvia failed to qualify for Euro 2020, losing their first nine qualification fixtures before beating Austria – who’d already secured their place at the tournament – 1-0 in their last game. The Wolves conceded 28 goals and scored just two in their opening nine matches, finishing bottom by some distance in a section also containing Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia and North Macedonia.
The mention of North Macedonia will send shivers down the spines of German fans. Die Mannschaft suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in their history in their last competitive fixture, losing 2-1 at home to the team currently ranked 62 in the world in a World Cup qualifier. Germany failed to put that result behind them in their friendly against Denmark in Innsbruck on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 despite taking the lead just after half-time.
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Morale is low, while Low is also outgoing. Germany’s coach ends his 15-year reign after the Euros, with Hansi Flick taking over the role. With European champions Portugal and world champions France also in Group F at Euro 2020, just reaching the knockout rounds is not going to be easy for Die Mannschaft.
They are in desperate need of some positivity and momentum, and Latvia should be the perfect opponent to get it against. The odds are heavily stacked in the favour of Low’s side, with the home team 1/40 in these Germany v Latvia predictions.
It would be an incredible story if Latvia were to win this game, especially given their price of 60/1. Even a draw at 16/1 would be another debacle for the Germans to face up to on the eve of a major tournament.
Latvia have drawn six of their last 11 fixtures, but aside from a stunning 3-3 comeback draw against Turkey in their most recent World Cup qualifier, they were all against opposition far inferior to Germany. If the home team fail to win and fail to win well, it would represent another huge blow to their hopes of giving Low a storybook send-off this summer.
One to watch for Germany: Kai Havertz is likely to start this game after an extended break in the wake of his Champions League-winning heroics with Chelsea. The talented attacker is one to watch in the first goalscorer market on Sunday.
One to watch for Latvia: Roberts Ozols is the only goalkeeper in the Latvia squad with any international caps to his name. His performance between the sticks is likely to be crucial in how heavy a defeat Latvia are likely to suffer.
Long shot: Any form of Latvia result would be a huge upset. If they can keep what’s surely going to be wave after wave of German attack at bay, then a goalless draw could come into play at 33/1.