Germany v England Tips and Betting Offers, Saturday 26th March 2016, Olympiastadion, 19:45

Berlin’s Olympiastadion plays host to this great sporting rivalry and it will be a good marker to see where England are ahead of the Euros this summer. They are coming up against a Germany side who made hard work of beating the two home nation sides that they had in the group with the Republic of Ireland going unbeaten against the world champions whilst Scotland were narrowly beaten twice.

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Germany v England Betting Tips

Regardless of the way Germany made hard work of qualification, this will be a big test for Roy Hodgson’s side. In their friendlies since qualification they beat France 2-0 before losing by the same scoreline to Spain. However, their victory against France was a bit of a hollow one given that the Paris attacks had happened only a few days before and the French players minds were probably elsewhere.

Hodgson has picked a 23 man squad for the matches against Germany and Holland and it will be interesting to see his selections for both games. Whilst Joe Hart was unlikely to play in both games anyway, the door has been opened for Jack Butland and Fraser Forster to stake a claim for the second choice goalkeeper spot. Tom Heaton has also been called up once again, but the Burnley custodian is unlikely to be thrust into the spotlight any time soon. Elsewhere, there were no real surprises apart from the inclusion of Danny Drinkwater who will make his debut in one of these two matches. The Leicester midfielder has formed a formidable partnership with N’Golo Kante in the heart of the Foxes midfield and he has been key in the rise of Claudio Ranieri’s side.

There is definitely a rivalry between the two sides, with many English fans considering the Germans to be their greatest rivals on the field. However, it is something of a one sided rivalry, with Germany seeing the Netherlands as their biggest rivals on the football pitch. The fixture does conjure up memories of past matches including the 1966 World Cup final, the Italia 90 semi finals and England’s 5-1 demolition of Germany in 2001.

There are plenty of familiar names in the Germany with the likes of Emre Can, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil all called up. Max Kruse, the Wolfsburg forward, has been kicked out of the squad so make sure you don’t put any bets on involving him. In the absence of Kruse, we’re opting for Thomas Muller to score the first goal of the game. The Bayern man was the scourge of England during the 2014 World Cup and we think that he will be on the winning side once again this weekend.