World champions Germany take on Spain – a clash between two international giants who are continuing their preparations for this summer’s World Cup – at Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf on Friday. Both teams are unbeaten since their respective exits from the 2016 European Championships.
Where and when: Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf – 23 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany v Spain: BT Sport, William Hill
Last time: Germany ran out 1-0 victors in a friendly in November 2014 with Toni Kroos netting a last minute goal. The last competitive clash saw Spain edge out their opponents 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup semi final as Carles Puyol scored the decisive goal.
Germany v Spain Predictions and Preview
As is generally the case for international friendlies, the result for both sides is of secondary importance to a strong performance and experimenting with new players and tactics.
However, both sides will be wary of their unbeaten runs since their Euro 2016 exits (21 for Germany, 16 for Spain) and they will wish to continue this stretch ahead of the summer.
Joachim Low’s side have been instilled as slight favourites for the clash due to possessing home advantage and being viewed as the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, ahead of rivals Spain.
Germany are available at odds of 6/4 to win this encounter, with an away win priced at 9/5 and the draw at 12/5.
International friendlies tend to be low-scoring affairs, as do clashes between these two sides – fewer than 2.5 goals is priced at 19/20 while under 1.5 goals is available at 12/5.
For Germany to be ahead at both half time and full time is 16/5 while a ‘double chance’ on Spain either winning or drawing is at 4/7.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner is the dangerman for the hosts in this game, with seven goals in 10 international caps. The RB Leipzig striker has netted 39 goals at club level since the start of last season.
One to watch for Spain: Diego Costa has been out of the international fold since June – when he scored against Macedonia – due to being in limbo between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. The in-form striker is back in the squad at the expense of Alvaro Morata.
Long shot: Each of the last three meetings between these two sides have finished 1-0, and a Germany win by this score-line – in a repeat of the November 2014 friendly – is available at odds of 15/2.