Germany will have their backs against the wall on Friday when reigning European champions Portugal visit Allianz Arena. Die Mannschaft suffered a 1-0 defeat against France so they must get a result, but Portugal will be in high spirits after winning their opener by 3-0 against Hungary.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 19 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Portugal vs. Germany: ITV
Last time: The last encounter between those two countries was at the 2014 World Cup. Germany trashed Portugal by 4-0, thanks to a Thomas Muller hat-trick in their Group G clash before eventually winning the trophy for a fourth time.
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Germany’s opening loss against France puts Joachim Low’s men in a tough spot after the first round in Euro 2020’s Group of Death. France and Portugal took vital wins in their openers and this leaves no room for error for Die Mannschaft before their second game.
The good news for Germany is that just like against France, they will host Portugal at the Allianz Arena so they’ll once again have the home advantage. Another positive is that Die Mannschaft are currently on a four-game winning streak against Portugal and trashed them 4-0 the last time they met.
However, this was back in 2014 when Germany were at the peak of their powers, while Portugal were far from their current levels. Things are different now, as despite their descent performance against France, Germany failed to create any clear-cut chances and struggled immensely at the back.
Matts Hummels scored an unfortunate own goal and failed to contain Kiliyan Mbappe, so Low might be regretting his decision to bring back the experienced center-back after sending him to early retirement two years ago.
Thomas Muller was also given a second chance, but the 31-year-old failed to impress at the heart of Low’s 3-4-3, so Timo Werner might get the nod against the European Champions. Yet, it’s hard to see the Chelsea forward adding the predator’s presence that Germany need, as he scored only six Premier League goals last term.
Leon Goretzka’s injury meant that Germany struggled to cope with the physicality of the French midfielders, as Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kante dominated Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan.
Against Portugal, the Germans might revert to a midfield three in order to avoid being outnumbered again, but knowing Lows’ ways, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him stick with the same 3-4-3.
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Ronaldo to score first
Portugal meanwhile huffed and puffed throughout the majority of the game against Hungary before substitute Raphael Guerreiro broke the deadlock in the 84th minute. The 27-year-old was quite fortunate as his strike took a heavy deflection before ending in Peter Gulacsi’s net.
Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice after that and broke several records as his 11 goals mean that he is now the top-goalscorer in the history of the competition. All this means that CR7 and his teammates will travel to Germany in high spirits for their Friday showdown.
Portugal played against 61,000 fans against Hungary in Budapest, so the 13,000 spectators at the Allianz Stadium in Munich shouldn’t bother them too much.
However, the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota must raise their level against the Germans, as the Premier League duo failed to provide the needed age against the fiery Hungarians.
The defeat in their opener means that Germany must win against Portugal at all costs and you can back them up at 13/10. The draw seems likely and is rated at 23/10, while if you think that Portugal will emerge victorious you can place a bet at 11/5.
One to watch for Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace against Hungary means that the Juventus forward is now the top-goalscorer in the history of the competition, surpassing another Bianconeri legend Michel Platini. CR7 seems as determined as ever to continue breaking records, so it is no surprise that he is a 16/5 favorite to break the deadlock against the Germans.
One to watch for Germany: Although he is not the most prolific goalscorer, Timo Werner can be a difference maker and this is exactly what Germany need. The Chelsea forward is pushing for a start here, after appearing from the bench against France, so you can back him up to score the opener at 4/1.
Long shot: Considering what’s at stake, both teams are expected to play it safe in the first few minutes. However, Germany will have to open up eventually and that’s where Portugal’s strength is. If you are looking for big odds, you can go to the Half Time/Full Time selection and bet on Draw/Portugal to win at 57/10