Germany v Finland – Stadion im Borussia-Park at 19:45 live on BT Sport 2
We’re taking a break from the club season to go into a few international friendlies and before the nations kick-off for their road to the 2018 World Cup, reigning champions Germany will host Finland at the Stadion im Borussia-Park on Wednesday night.
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Germany head into their latest competitive match following their defeat in Euro 2016 after crashing out 2-0 to hosts France in Marseille in the semi-finals, a match where they didn’t look their best and failed to make it two consecutive finals in major competitions.
On a positive note, Joachim Low has stated he will be staying on as Germany manager to help lead the nation to Russia and hopefully retain their World Cup.
After Euro 2016, we learned that Low didn’t have much trust in strikers, bringing one in Mario Gomez, and playing mostly Mario Gotze up top in a flexible formation with a lot of playmakers within the starting eleven. Yet again, he has repeated this method in the current squad, bringing in Kevin Volland as the only striker included to face Finland and Norway alongside Gotze. Furthermore uncapped Niklas Sule of 1899 Hoffenheim has been selected too.
Related news to the game is that Bastian Schweinsteiger will be playing his last match for Germany before he retires, a special night indeed as Low goes looking for a new German captain.
However, when it comes to friendlies, Germany have only won two of their last five and four of their last ten, while at home they have only won three of their last ten. On top of this, in their last five matches at Stadion im Borussia-Park they have only lost one.
Finland missed out on qualifying for the European Championships after finishing fourth in Group F, winning three of their 12 matches and finishing nine points off the pace. Manager Mixu Paatelainen will want a response from his team, having not won a match from their last eight.
It’s not a bright history for the Huuhkajat considering they have never qualified for a major tournament in their history, and you could say the only time they have been in a summer tournament was in the Olympics 30 years ago.
Not many familiar names among the squad either; Roman Eremenko being the most capped player in the 23-man team with 72 caps and Werder Bremen defender Niklas Moisander sitting as the nation’s captain.
Albin Granlund is the only player to be called up who remains uncapped, while they will be looking for goals from striker Teemu Pukki and midfielder Kasper Hamalainen who have scored a combined 16 goals in 101 matches.
This is only a warm-up for the Finns considering they will be playing Kosovo in their opening game of the qualifiers for a spot at the 2018 World Cup, being thrown into the same group as Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Iceland.
Meanwhile, form shows us that Paatelainen’s side have only won one match from their previous ten friendlies, but away from home it shows a better record having only lost four of their previous ten.
Finland have never beaten Germany in their history, but the last time these nations met was in 2009 and the match ended 1-1. In fact, the last four meetings have ended in draws.
Germany for the win in this game I think. They will want to make sure Schweinsteiger gets a good send-off and being at home I cannot see Finland really keeping out the World Champions out for long.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 3.25 goals @ 1.84 with 188Bet
Prices correct at time of writing.