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Prediction: Germany vs Argentina

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 8 Oct 2019

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Verdict: Germany win

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to pick up their morale before carrying on their EURO 2020 qualifying this weekend, Germany will welcome Argentina to the Signal-Iduna-Park on Wednesday night.

Germany

Starting with the hosts, while Germany may have picked up a hard-fought 2-0 win away at Northern Ireland last month, the former world and European champions are still looking to shake off their 4-2 defeat against Holland four weeks ago. Despite enduring a woeful run that also saw them fail to reach it to the knockout stage at last year’s World Cup, Joachim Löw’s men are enjoying a revival for the most part. Climbing to the top of Group C in their qualification for EURO 2020, Die Mannschaft have won four of their last five matchups and their defeat against the Dutch is their first since the 16th of November. One man to watch in midweek will undoubtedly be the red-hot Serge Gnabry. Bagging a famous four goals away at Tottenham last week, the Bayern Munich starlet now has five goals in his last three appearances and has also found the net in back-to-back matches while away on international duty.

Team News

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger misses out here, as does Leroy Sane. It also appears that Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen will be given a rare chance to start between the sticks.

Argentina

As for the visitors, much like their hosts on Wednesday, Argentina have also decided to invest in a squad shake-up after tasting Copa American heartbreak. Having to settle for a bronze medal out in Brazil over the summer after crashing out at the semi-finals against their bitter rivals, Head Coach Lionel Scaloni has opted against calling up some of his most iconic and standout names. With the likes of Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, and Angel Di Maria all not featuring in La Albiceleste’s trip to Dortmund in midweek, it appears that red-hot Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez will be given another chance to lead the line for the former world champions. Now bagging back-to-back goals against Juventus and Barcelona while on domestic duty, the 22-year-old also bagged his first international hat-trick in Argentina’s 4-0 win over Mexico last month.

Team News

Argentina are without a host of their biggest names in Dortmund. Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero have been left out of Lionel Scaloni’s squad, while captain and talisman Lionel Messi is still serving a three-month ban.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Germany have won four of their last five matches during EURO 2020 qualifying.
  • However, the Whites have won just one of their last five matches on home soil.
  • Serge Gnabry has netted five goals in five games for Germany in 2019.
  • Argentina striker Lautaro Martínez scored a hat-trick against Mexico in his last international outing.
  • Six of Argentina’s last eight matches have seen under 2.5 goals.

Conclusion

While both sides might be going through quite the squad overhaul and taking their nations in a new youthful direction, Germany should see this as a perfect opportunity to pick up a huge scalp. With the German’s boasting an attacking lineup that consists of both Timo Werner and the red-hot Serge Gnabry, we’re backing the former world champions to cash in on an Argentina squad minus Lionel Messi on Wednesday night.

Verdict: Germany win

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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