European Championships 2020
Tuesday 29th June 2021
Kick off at 5pm BST
Venue: Wembley Stadium
And here we go again as another chapter will be written in this epic encounter as England take on Germany at Wembley Stadium. The draw has really opened up for both nations and if all goes to plan it might be possible to see the winners of this tie reach the final, and that just underlines how important this game is.
There are no two ways about it this is a mammoth occasion, that doesn’t mean we will witness a vintage game, but it will be tense, and full of moments one would suspect. The two games that really come to mind between the nations are the semi final ones of World Cup 1990 and Euro 96. On both occasions after tight games it went to penalties and Germany won both.
Media will talk about mental strength and the psychology that comes with England not just playing Germany but any top nation in a major tournament and it is an occasion where England usually fluff their lines. On evidence in the group stages England have not been looking very convincing. Harry Kane the striker that was supposed to score the goals has none and has been quiet. There have been fits and bursts from England where they have knocked the ball about well, but haven’t been able to maintain that pace. We witnessed it mostly against Croatia, but in the cold day of light did it matter since England won that game. But also this happened against Scotland a nation that England should be beating with all due respects and the Scots walked away with a memorable 0-0 draw.
There have been positives for England though and that is centered on defence, they have looked rock solid and are yet to concede a goal. Body shape has looked good and even though manager Gareth Southgate has tinkered with the team all in all they look like a good and happy unit. Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish bring the pace and tricks to the England team, although all three can’t play at the same time, but there is clearly quality in the team. Judged on group games alone England were solid, they did well without lightning up the tournament and at the end of the day finished on 7 points and topped their group so there is little to be too critical of.
Germany were in a very difficult group containing both France and Portugal. Against the French they lost 1-0 but didn’t play badly, but their defence did look exposed against such quality. In the Portugal match all of the pressure was on the Germans to perform, and they went a goal down, but were able to dig deep to win that game 4-2. It was the best Germany have played in a few years, and was a reminder never to write off the Germans. But then came the Hungary match where in the last 10 minutes the 2014 World Cup champions were going out of the competition as they trailed 2-1 to the unfancied Hungarians. But Germany were able to equalise for 2-2 and now find themselves in the knock out stages facing their old rival once again. It should be quite a game.
England: There are no major injuries for England now with players recovered so Jordan Henderson could start the game. The question will be if Grealish keeps his place or will he be replaced by Phil Foden?
Germany: Thomas Muller was struggling with his knee but he still came off the bench v Hungary and looks set to start in this match. There are no other major worries for the German squad ahead of the game.
England vs Germany Head to Head:
The teams last played in an international friendly in 2017 and the game finished 0-0.
England last beat Germany in a major tournament at Euro 2000, however they haven’t beaten Germany in a knock out game in a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup final.
There is a 65% chance to see both teams to score.
Although the teams drew 0-0 in their last game you would have to go back to 1982 for a repeat scoreline.
England vs Germany Prediction:
Both teams have impressed in moments without looking brilliant but the advantage that Germany will have is that they have had to be up to speed so to speak. That’s what happens when you have to play the World champions in your first game followed by the European champions. That could mean that Germany start in a higher gear.
If we are to be brutal England haven’t been tested yet, though Croatia and Czech Republic are no pushovers they are not really in the same calibre as the teams Germany have had to face. A major worry for Germany though will be their usually defiant defence which just feels fragile and let’s not forget it is a defence that has conceded in every game so far, 5 goals and counting. One would feel with the players England have that England are going to get good goalscoring chances.
This is a game that really could go either way, but this might just be England’s time, just like it was Belgium’s when they knocked out Portugal a few days ago. There have been many false dawns, but England are a good price to win this game. The major worry is can England play at the same competitive level throughout the match? If so they have a chance to claim a famous victory.
England vs Germany Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (0.0 England) at 1.82
Anytime goalscorer: Harry Kane at 2.75
Goal line (Over 2) at 1.525