Germany take on Spain in their opening Group 4 game in the Nations League A today, with both sides expected to claim the top two positions when the group stages come to an end in November.
Joachim Low’s side will be looking to improve after finishing bottom of their group last time out, failing to win a single of their four games against the Netherlands and France, despite being the number one seeds in League A.
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Spain also failed to qualify for the Nations League Finals last time out, finishing in second place behind England but did secure two wins in the process.
When these two countries last locked horns back in March 2018 for a friendly, the game ended all square after a 6th-minute effort from Rodrigo was cancelled out by Thomas Muller’s 35th-minute strike for the hosts.
Both countries played full-strength sides that day and will do again on Thursday, so you can see why we’re expecting another close and competitive 90-minutes at the Mercedez-Benz-Arena.
Germany v Spain : Each squad boasts a mixture of youth and experience
The hosts have gone with a more well-known and internationally experienced squad with just three of their call-ups, goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, defender Robin Gosens, and midfielder Florian Neuhaus being uncapped a senior level.
Spain, on the other hand, have selected eight uncapped players in their side, including Manchester City duo Eric Garcia and Ferran Torres, but can still rely on the vastly experienced duo of Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquests down the spine of their starting eleven.
Toni Kroos represents the Germans’ most experienced international player with 96 caps and nine other members of the squad to face Spain have played over 20 times each at senior international level, which should come in handy on Thursday. Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry all miss out for the home side, while Spain are without the experience and talent of Jordi Alba, Saul, and Alvaro Morata.
Both teams head into Thursday’s clash on the back of two big wins in the European qualifiers but each of those results came against inferior opposition.
The last four encounters between these two countries have produced under 2.5 goals and following their poor performances at the last Nations League tournament, we are expecting a tight and tense opening game in Group 4.
Germany have the home advantage and have picked up a draw and a win from their last two meetings with Spain, so if there is going to be a winner on Thursday then Germany look the most likely to claim it.