England vs Germany is the first round of the knockout stage at the European Championships at Wembley Stadium in England at noon ET Tuesday, July 29.
Both teams have underperformed their expectations thus far, though there was much more excitement around England after they finished fourth in the 2018 World Cup and appeared to have their squad. Young players like Mason Mount and Phil Foden did not feature in 2018 and have since become integral components of an English attack that has been rendered relatively useless in this competition.
Germany, meanwhile, finished in an extremely unconvincing second place in the “Group of Death” Group F off the back of a 4-2 victory over Portugal; they were almost knocked out by Hungary in the final matchday of the group stage but managed to equalize twice in the second half to earn a point and move on.
What to Watch For
England has only scored twice in this tournament, with both goals belonging to Raheem Sterling— golden boy and captain, Harry Kane, is yet to get off the mark after winning the Golden Boot at the last World Cup and in this year’s Premier League, and does not seem to have meshed with his manager’s system at all.
England’s defense is yet to allow a goal in the tournament; Harry Maguire has been a full participant in recent matches despite concern over his ankle injury, and he is extremely important to the English backline.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have and will continue to train in isolation after being in close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVId-19 last week. There is a decent chance that they will be unavailable for their country in Tuesday’s match, limiting some of the English firepower.
Germany has been dealing with a fleeting form for a few years, prompting manager Joachim Low to announce that he is retiring after the completion of the tournament. Germany is one of the most successful footballing nations of all time but has been anything but impressive lately.
22-year-old Kai Havertz leads the Germans with two goals in the opening three matches, scoring against Portugal and Hungary.
The Germans have deployed a back five to deal with their opponents attacking prowess but have done so unsuccessfully, putting an aging Mats Hummels in foot races that he cannot win and exposing themselves to runs through the channel off Hummels’ shoulder.
England vs Germany Betting Pick
England is a slight favorite at +150 to Germany’s +190, although I expect them to crumble at home under the expectations of the relentless British media.
Gareth Southgate has proven that he cannot get the best out of his squad that, on paper, is one of the best in the tournament.
Jadon Sancho is one of the most promising young players in the world yet has not been given a cap in this competition, while Marcus Rashford has not been granted a start and Jack Grealish has largely been on the outside looking in. Southgate has a horde of attacking talent at his fingertips, yet he is not utilizing it.
Germany may have a slow defense and an absence of a natural goal-scoring striker up front, but they have chemistry with one another. Germany will win 1-0 in enemy territory and move on to the quarterfinal to play the winner of Sweden and Ukraine.
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