Not for Nothing
Yes, England and Germany no longer have chances to advance to the UEFA Nations League Final Four. However, honor, prestige and the opportunity to calm the press and fans down will be on the line this Monday at Wembley.
Plus, we’re still talking about powerhouses that are among the betting online favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. We’re also talking about two of the most talented attacking units in the world, and it’s time to leave all excuses behind and to prove it.
Believe it or not, England’s already relegated to League B. That’s tight, the Three Lions not only don’t have a chance to win the group, but they also don’t have a chance to avoid relegation. They sit dead last with only two points, while third place has six.
They visited Italy on Friday and lost 1-0. The Three Lions dominated the game, winning possession with 57% and taking more shots on target, but the Azzurri were more effective in front of goal. Marco BERTORELLO / AFP scored the lone goal in the 68th minute.
Head coach Gareth Southgate is being heavily criticized for having lined up Harry Maguire, who barely plays at Manchester United. Kieran Trippier, Luke Shaw and Fikayo Tomori were also options.
Precisely, that’s the good news, that Southgate has plenty of options to turn things around. England’s roster is insanely talented. The following players also started on the bench against Italy: Aaron Ramsdale, Jack Grealish, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount, Jarrod Bowen, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Tammy Abraham. That’s practically another Class-A team.
That’s also why they come in as the soccer betting favorites at +140 despite sitting in last place. Playing at home also has some to do with it. Yes, they lost their last match at Wembley against Hungary, but that was their only loss in their previous 16 home games.
Germany: Not Enough
Germany could still finish second, but only first place advances to the semifinals. That means that Die Mannschaft haven’t played as bad as England, but it hasn’t been enough to meet expectations either.
They played host to Hungary on Friday and like England lost 1-0 despite winning possession with 73%. Adam Szalai scored the lone goal 17 minutes into the game. Germany really tried but couldn’t get past the best defensive unit in Group 3.
Like the Three Lions, Die Mannschaft also have talent to spare. Yes, they were missing Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka, but that’s not an excuse. The following players started on the bench: Thilo Kehrer, Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala and Robin Gosens. All four would be starters in pretty much any other team.
That, the +205 price they’re offering in the sportsbook and the fact that they haven’t lost in their last seven road games makes them a really tempting underdog.
England vs Germany Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 34
- England Victories: 14 (54 goals)
- Germany Victories: 13 (43 goals)
- Draws: 7
The first leg between these two was in June. Germany played as the host and almost won, but Harry Kane appeared to save the day for England. Jonas Hofmann scored the opener for the home side at the beginning of the second half, while Kane scored the equalizer, from the penalty spot, just two minutes from the end.
Their previous battle was in the 2020 EURO. The Three Lions won 2-0 with two goals in the last 15 minutes. Sterling and Kane were the scorers. That was also the last time that they met in England.
England vs Germany Game Information
- Date: Monday, September 26
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Wembley Stadium, London
- England vs Germany Live Stream: fuboTV
England vs Germany Betting Lines
England vs Germany Prediction
Name by name, England is the better team. However, Germany is a much more discipline squad. Plus, all the pressure will be on the Three Lions’ shoulders, making this the perfect game for Die Mannschaft to rely on the counterattack. Plus, this will be the last real-test before the WC for both. Therefore, go ahead and include the draw in your soccer picks.
Score Prediction: England 1, Germany 1