England – Germany
Two huge European rivals are facing each other at the Euro 2020 1/8-finals on Tuesday. England will go head to head with Germany at the Wembley, so we all expect to see another football classic here. Let’s preview with in these soccer betting tips daily!
Just like most of us expected, England successfully won their group and finished ahead of Croatia. The Three Lions went unbeaten in the group and won it with a record of two wins and one draw. The only lost points during the 0-0 draw with Scotland, but this result didn’t stopped them from finishing first.
In England’s third game in the group stage Gareth Southgate’s team faced the Czech Republic and scored a 1-0 win in London. For a second time it was Raheem Sterling who scored the winning goal for England. The winger had a difficult season in his club Manchester City, but he’s absolutely delivering for the national team since the start of Euro 2020. Sterling headed the ball home after an assist from Jack Grealish and scored his second goal in the competition so far.
In this third game in the group stage we saw that the manager Gareth Southgate is still looking for his best starting eleven. He didn’t make changes in defense or in central midfield, but once again different men supported the captain Harry Kane upfront. Raheem Sterling kept his place in the line-up, but Jack Grealish and Bakayo Saka were introduced in the starting eleven instead of Mason Mount and Phil Foden. In the second half Southgate gave a chance to Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson from the bench.
The introduction of Jack Grealish was something the fans really wanted. The creative midfielder made a terrific season with Aston Villa in the Premier League, so it’s not a surprise that champions Manchester City want to secure his services. With his assist to Raheem Sterling he proved how capable he is with the ball. It won’t be surprising to see him again in the starting eleven against Germany, too.
Gareth Southgate surprised a few people when he decided to give a starting spot to Arsenal’s Bakayo Saka against the Czech Republic. This happened in a moment when most of the fans wanted to see Jadon Sancho in the line-up. Saka made a good game against the Czech, though – he remained 84 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Sancho.
What England needs right now is some activation from Harry Kane. The striker is without any goals scored in the competition so far which is a bit worrying. We all know that England need Kane’s goals if they want to become European champions. So far the Tottenham Hotspur star is trying his best, but things are just not working for him in the penalty area. We don’t believe that Southgate will take him out of the line-up, though.
Germany survived in the most difficult group at the Euro and managed to finish second with 4 points won. The Mannschaft recovered from losing their first game against France and did enough to reach the 1/8-finals of the competition. They didn’t convince us that they are ready to become champions, though – they need to show more.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – that’s how we saw Germany in their previous two games against Portugal and Hungary. Joachim Low’s team made a terrific performance against Selecao and scored four goals, but few days later they barely survived against Hungary at the Allianz Arena. The Mannschaft needed a late equaliser from Leon Goretzka to clinch a 2-2 draw against the Magyars. This performance really worried most of the German fans as they expected more after the showcase against Portugal.
It seems that right now Joachim Low doesn’t have any other option, but to refresh his team with changes in the line-up. The hero from the last game Leon Goretzka could replace Ilkay Gundogan in midfield while Leroy Sane could sit on the bench again. Thomas Muller and Timo Werner are among the options to replace him against England. Werner didn’t start neither one of the games so far, but Germany need more firepower right now because they play without a pure striker on the pitch. Werner had a questionable first season in Chelsea, but he remained a quality striker who can score a lot of goals.
What Germany needs right now is a better performance in defense because they have conceded five goals so far at the Euro 2020. Low’s backline of Antonio Rudiger, Mats Hummels and Matthias Ginter is not performing at the highest levels right now and it’s obvious. Emre Can and Niklas Sule are among the options Low could use at this point to make some adjustments. Both of them already played at the Euro 2020, but Low must decide who’s going to do a better work in the knockout phase.
Toni Kroos remains the leader of this German team. World champion from 2014, Kroos is keeping his highest levels and contributes a lot on the pitch. He changes the tempo of the game, distributes the ball to his teammates and he’s an excellent set-pieces taker. Germany will need Kroos on his highest levels on Tuesday if they want to win against England. The question is who is going to help in midfield – will Ilkay Gundogan keep his place in the line-up or Joachim Low will replace him with Leon Goretzka?
That’s the soccer betting tips daily for the Euro 2020 1/8-finals game between England and Germany at the Wembley. Almost each game between these two opponents turns into a classic, so we don’t expect anything different here. England performed better in their group, but it’s also true that their group was kind of easier compared to Germany’s. At the same time the Mannschaft must prove its quality after some questionable performances during the group stage. Both teams are among the major contenders to win the trophy, but only one will go through here.