Traditional European giants Germany and Spain headline the start of the UEFA Nations League as they lock horns in Germany to kick off the competition on Thursday evening.
Germany’s performance in the last edition of this competition was quite disappointing, coming close after an even worse performance at the 2018 World Cup. They have however taken time to rebuild if their performances in recent matches is anything to go by, they are well on their way to reclaiming some of the lost glory.
Coach Joachim Löw who faced a lot of pressure to resign following the disastrous performances, hand on and has been at the centre of this rebuilding process. He has had success in blending in new exciting talents like Kai Havertz and Timo Werner with established performers like Gundogan, Emre Can and Julian Draxler
Like their opponents, Spain are also going through a transition of sorts as the golden generation that won the 2010 World Cup have now aged and are probably on the back end of their careers.
Luis Enrique has named a relatively inexperienced squad for this game, leaving out veterans like Morata and Paco Alcacer and instead choosing to go with Leeds forward Rodrigo to anchor his attack.
They have been on a good run of 11 unbeaten games but whereas their performances at home have been outstanding, they’ve stumbled a little bit on their travels, drawing away to Sweden and Norway and eking out a hard-fought 2-1 win in Romania.
If we disregard the 4-2 loss to the Netherlands, Joachim Low’s side have been very impressive at home. That was their first loss in almost two years. Germany have grown from strength to strength following abysmal performances in recent international competitions. The success of Bayern Munich in the Champions League is testament to this fact. Although a good part of the contingent from Bayern Munich have been given the weekend off, Germany still have a lot of quality players on their squad. Forwards Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have both had impressive individual seasons and they are likely to be teammates at Chelsea if Havertz completes his move. Along with Leeds forward Robin Koch, we fancy them to cause the Spanish defence anchored by Ramos a difficult time. We are picking them to Score the First goal in this game @ 1.83 with Bwin as the first betting tip for the game.
Although the two teams have plenty of world-class talents, their head to head encounters have been very cagey affairs with neither side willing to cede a lot of ground to the other. They both keep the ball very well and they, therefore, cancel each other out as far as possession is concerned. Their last four games have all produced under 2.5 goals, with 1-0 wins apiece for either team and a 1-1 draw in their last encounter. Given the magnitude of this game, we expect yet another tight game and we are backing Under 1.5 First Half Goals @ 1.44 with Bwin betting app as our final tip for this match.
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