The timing may be a little odd all things considered, but the 2020/21 Nations League kicks off this week and there’s a tasty clash between two European heavyweights to get us started. Germany and Spain are the two big hitters in a group also featuring Switzerland and Ukraine, and are both looking to begin their campaign with a win.
Where and when: Mercedes-Benz Arena – 3 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany vs. Spain: Sky Sports
Last time: Thomas Muller cancelled out an opening goal from new Leeds United striker Rodrigo when the countries last played, which was in a friendly in Dusseldorf in March 2018.
Germany v Spain Predictions and Preview
Germany and Spain were due to meet in another friendly this March, but circumstances have been somewhat challenging since then. As it is, both of these countries are in action for the first time since last November, so will there be some rust to shake off for these international players after more than nine months without playing alongside each other?
There’s a good chance that will be the case, so a goalless first half could be a good bet to back on Thursday. That’s priced at 7/5 with William Hill, even if both of the goals were scored in the first period the last time these teams played each other. This selection would’ve paid off in their two meetings prior to that last one though, including the 2010 World Cup semi-final in South Africa.
Spain are no longer the force they were back then, and are in the midst of a rebuilding process following a disastrous World Cup campaign two summers ago. They were bettered by England in the last iteration of the Nations League, but are unbeaten in their last 11 matches since losing back-to-back games to the Three Lions and Croatia.
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Germany to win 2-0
Werner to score first
La Roja have won nine of those fixtures, even if the majority were against small countries such as Romania and Malta. Indeed, those are the two countries Luis Enrique’s side last faced, scoring 12 goals and conceding none in the process.
Germany are also rebuilding after dreadful World Cup and Nations League campaigns. They regained some form over their European Championship qualifiers, although they did lose 4-2 to the Netherlands on home soil. Joachim Low’s side have gone five unbeaten since then, winning four games and drawing the other against Argentina in a friendly.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner comes into this game as one of the most fearsome strikers in Europe, and ready to make an impression on the Premier League after signing for Chelsea. He is the 17/4 favourite to open the scoring on Thursday.
One to watch for Spain: Sergio Ramos is usually in the headlines for one reason or another, and often for hitting the back of the net. The defender has scored 21 times for his country and netted 13 goals for La Liga champions Real Madrid last term, with Spain’s penalty taker 12/1 for the first goal here.
Long shot: Germany’s last competitive victory over Spain was in the group stages at Euro 88, with the Spanish winning two of their three clashes since. Rudi Voller scored both goals as Die Mannschaft won that match 2-0 32 years ago, with Germany 12/1 to win by the same scoreline here. With Werner scoring the first goal, those odds rise to 64/1.