Germany v Slovakia – Grand Stade Metropole at 17:00 live on ITV
Germany head into the round of 16 with the aim of continuing their unbeaten run as they host Slovakia in Lille on Sunday evening. The winner of this match will take on either Italy or Spain.
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Germany head into this fixture having finished top of Group C winning two and drawing one whilst not conceding a single goal.
Joachim Low’s last fixture finished in a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in Paris; Mario Gomez getting on the score-sheet.
Heading into the tournament, the Germans had only won two of their previous five matches, but in qualification Low’s side finished top of Group C winning nine of their ten games, scoring 36 goals.
There is only one player carrying a knock for Germany, Jerome Boateng is out, but there are no suspensions.
Germany were one of the favourites heading into this tournament, but their only downfall is that they have one striker. However, they have been playing nice football and dominating games considering their opening match against Ukraine was a bit shaky.
Slovakia, meanwhile, secured a third place spot in Group B after collecting four points from a possible nine.
Jan Kozak’s side ended the group stages with a 0-0 draw against England in St. Etienne; Slovakia barely causing any problems, but putting in some solid displays of defending.
Heading into this tournament, Slovakia were unbeaten in their last eight matches. During qualification they finished second behind Spain picking up results against the reigning champions and winning seven of their ten matches.
Three players sit out injured for Slovakia, including midfielder Robert Mak and defender Dusan Svento.
On their day the Falcons can be a very tough opponent, but there are flaws in their game, especially in defence. However against England they showed great spirit to gain a draw, but if they really want a win Marek Hamsik will need to step up as he is their main outlet.
The last time these two sides met, Slovakia hammered Germany 3-1; Low playing a weakened side in this friendly. However, from their last four meetings both nations have won two games as well as both teams scoring seven goals each.
For me, this has Germany written all over it. Their quality will shine through, and even though Slovakia will put up a fight I think it is too much to ask for a side who lack quality.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals @ 2.17 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.