Hansi Flick’s side meet Belgium
The friendly match Germany vs Belgium Preview, gives the international break features another set of matches this week as they meet on Rhein Energie stadion on Tuesday.
Germany vs Belgium Preview
Belgium are currently at the top of Group F in their Euro qualification campaign but have flattered to deceive over the past year. The away side thrashed Sweden by a comfortable 3-0 margin last week and will need to step up to the plate in this fixture.
Germany are the hosts of Euro 2024 and have already secured automatic qualification for the tournament. Die Mannschaft eased past Peru by a 2-0 margin in their previous game and will look to achieve a similar result this week.
While Die Mannschaft tested out an unfamiliar 4-2-2-2 setup during the visit of Peru, Los Incas were never expected to pose much of a threat in Mainz, and a first-half double from Niclas Fullkrug did the damage as Flick’s men ran out comfortable winners.
The margin of victory could have been greater had Kai Havertz not struck the post from the penalty spot – the Chelsea forward scored the rebound but his effort did not count due to the double-touch rule – as Germany began the New Year as they mean to go on.
Now unbeaten in 13 friendly matches since a 2-1 defeat to near neighbours Austria in 2018, Germany are already being tipped by some as genuine contenders for the Euro 2024 crown – despite their recent failures in the major tournament landscape – and success on the continent is long overdue.
Indeed, Die Mannschaft have not gone all the way at the Euros since 1996 – suffering two semi-final exits and a final defeat to Spain since the turn of the millennium – but Belgium’s ageing golden generation have a similar goal in mind.
While a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic made history as the oldest-ever player to appear in a European Championship qualifying match, Belgium‘s talismanic number nine soon stole the spotlight as Belgium began their top-two bid in ruthless fashion.
Consigning his infamous World Cup horror display against Croatia to history, Romelu Lukaku’s deft header put Belgium into the ascendancy in the first half before a pair of tap-ins clinched the match ball for the Chelsea striker, whose injection of confidence was just what the doctor ordered.
Already cementing a second-placed berth in Group F after one game – Austria have the edge for the time being courtesy of their 4-1 win over Azerbaijan – Belgium temporarily push their competitive commitments to one side as Tedesco seeks to maintain his 100% start in Cologne.
In what was potentially a harbinger of doom, Belgium’s last friendly match just before the World Cup ended in a 2-1 loss to Egypt – ending a 17-game unbeaten streak in exhibition contests stretching back to a 1-0 loss to Spain in 2016.
Before establishing themselves as one of Europe’s big boys, Belgium were one of Germany’s whipping boys, as they are winless in their last 16 matches with Die Mannschaft and could suffer a 10th defeat in a row to their Cologne counterparts here – most recently losing 3-1 in a
Team injury and News
Thilo Kehrer will come in for a start with Schlotterbeck gone, and Flick should not shy away from making a few more alterations as fringe players try to force their way into the Mannschaft coach’s plans on a more regular basis.
Familiar faces in Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka are among those who could force their way back into the XI, while Mario Gotze may also benefit from Havertz’s withdrawal.
As for Belgium, Tedesco lost the perennially-injured Jeremy Doku before their Scandinavian success, while first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has also pulled out with an adductor concern – only a fifth cap could come the way of Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels in his place.
Having both assisted Lukaku goals during Friday’s win, a fierce battle for supremacy on the right between Dodi Lukebakio and Johan Bakayoko could soon materialise, but the former should continue from the off for the time being.
Germany vs Belgium Prediction
As both the teams and their side is determined not to lose the game in the Tuesda’s friendly meetings, we can see the predictions to be concluded with a 2-2 draw, including the injury news.
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