What a fixture this could turn out to be, as Spain host Germany at La Cartuja in Seville on Tuesday night. It’s a clash of two European heavyweights, as Group A4 of the Nations League comes to a potentially thrilling climax.
Where and when: Estadio de La Cartuja – 17 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spain vs. Germany: Sky Sports
Last time: Jose Luis Gaya scored a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser for Spain to cancel out Timo Werner’s opener, as the countries drew 1-1 in Stuttgart in September.
Spain v Germany Predictions and Preview
Providing Spain and Germany manage to beat Switzerland and Ukraine respectively on Saturday, this final Group A4 fixture will be a top-of-the-table clash to decide who goes through the Nations League finals. If not, the result will still be crucial in deciding what happens in this section.
It’s been a tight and evenly-matched contest in recent years, with the last two meetings between the countries ending in 1-1 draws. Their three meetings before that all ended 1-0, with Germany winning the most recent of those in 2014 and Spain the two before that.
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One of those was in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup, which Spain of course went on to win. With Germany winning the next World Cup in Brazil, this is a meeting of two European giants who aren’t at their levels of yesteryear.
Both countries disappointed at the last World Cup, and are looking to build up some positivity and momentum ahead of the Euros next summer. Progressing out of this group to reach the Nations League finals would certainly perform that function.
Spain had the better of their opening four matches after winning twice, losing once and drawing the other against Germany. La Roja lead Die Mannschaft and Ukraine by a single point heading into the last two matches, and although a draw between Germany and Ukraine on Saturday would put Luis Enrique’s side within touching distance of the finals, the visitors would still be in with a chance.
It could be a very tight and cagey game with little to choose between the two countries. With that in mind, a third straight draw could be on the cards in these Spain v Germany predictions. Most neutrals will hope we’re in for a thrilling and open encounter though.
One to watch for Spain: Sergio Ramos is expected to win his 178th international cap in this game, with the Real Madrid defender overtaking Gianluigi Buffon as the most-capped European. He’s fast closing in on the all-time record of 184, and always a goal threat after netting 23 times in his first 176 appearances for Spain.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner netted five goals in his last four games for Chelsea prior to this international break. The marksman is usually deadly in front of goal and has a ratio of nearly a goal every other game so far for Die Mannschaft.
Long shot: The last time one of these countries beat the other by more than a single goal was a 3-1 victory for Spain back in 2003. That was also the last time the teams produced more than two goals in a game between them. A 3-1 victory for La Roja is worth a look here as an outside bet, with the odds rising considerably if you add Spain’s penalty taker, Ramos, as the opening goalscorer.