This is a big game for Germany, as Joachim Low takes his team to Kiev’s Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium to play Ukraine in the Nations League on Saturday night. Die Mannschaft are yet to record a victory in this campaign, and that must change against the Yellow and Blue if they’re to have any chance of progressing to the finals.
Where and when: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex – 10 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Ukraine vs. Germany: Sky Sports
Last time: Germany beat Ukraine 2-0 in their opening group game of Euro 2016 the last time the teams met, with Shkodran Mustafi giving Die Mannschaft the lead before Bastian Schweinsteiger sealed the victory in injury time at the end of the match.
Ukraine v Germany Predictions and Preview
Germany have never lost to Ukraine, and that’s a stat which must remain intact if the four-time world champions are to retain any interest in this second running of the Nations League. The Yellow and Blue have shown in the past they’re strong at home though, and this is unlikely to be an easy game for the visitors.
Die Mannschaft have won three of the six meetings between the countries, but all of those victories have either been on German or neutral soil. The teams have played each other three times in Kiev, with each match ending in a draw.
The most recent clash between the countries in Ukraine was an entertaining 3-3 in a friendly in 2011, where the home team let a 3-1 lead slip. Andriy Yarmolenko scored the opener that day, and the West Ham forward could be crucial to his country’s chances again here.
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Bayern Munich stalwart Thomas Muller scored the late equaliser for Germany in that game, but the in-form attacker won’t play any part here, having been jettisoned by Low. That remains a highly controversial call following Muller’s recent performances for his club, not least in winning the Champions League.
Instead, Germany will rely on the younger Bayern Munich generation to fire them to glory here, with Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich all vital members of this team. Leroy Sane is absent, however, after picking up another knee injury.
Even so, Die Mannschaft are packed with quality. Their failure to beat either Spain at home or Switzerland away in their opening two Nations League fixtures last month was a surprise, although they were missing the Bayern players who reached the Champions League final.
Low’s side still led both games before drawing each 1-1, conceding against Spain in the 95th minute. Ukraine, on the other hand, went down 4-0 against La Roja, which was very disappointing given they beat the stubborn Swiss 2-1 a few days before.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side have the capacity to cause an upset here, but despite their home advantage and unbeaten record against Germany in Kiev, they start as the clear underdogs in the betting at 5/1 for the win. The visitors are the odds-on favourites at 4/7, while you can back the draw here at 3/1 with William Hill.
One to watch for Ukraine: Emerging Dynamo Kyiv talent Vladyslav Supriaha could make his competitive bow for Ukraine here, and it would be some story if the 20-year-old forward could get on the scoresheet to mark the occasion.
One to watch for Germany: Serge Gnabry has established himself as one of the most fearsome forwards in world football, lighting up the Bundesliga and Champions League last season as Bayern Munich claimed another treble. He’s one to look out for in the first goalscorer market as part of your Ukraine vs Germany predictions for this game.
Long shot: All three of the matches these countries have played in Ukraine have ended in a draw. The most recent of those was a lively 3-3, with a repeat of that result this weekend priced at 80/1.