After ten months of no action, the UEFA Nations League is back in action this week. This will see heavyweights Germany take on side Germany. The match schedules for Thursday with kickoff at 6:45 pm.
Two of European heavyweights lock horns to win a spot in next year’s finals. Both sides are in Group A4 together with side Ukraine and Switzerland. It remains an uphill task for both sides, given their histories in this competition.
Spain marked their successive entry in the Euro 2020 after a 5-0 thrashing to side Romania. La Roja managed to finish on top of Group F after securing eight wins and two draws in the qualifying stages.
Managerial woes rocked the camp during the ten months with a change in the mantle evident. This saw the rise of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique take over from Robert Moreno. Enrique took the 2010 World Cup winners to the qualifying stages.
Joachim Low has had to transform his side, especially after finishing third in their Group behind side Netherlands and France. The side is currently in a better position after pulling seven wins in their last eight matches.
Their recent 4-2 loss to side Netherlands still leaves a bad taste in their mouth. It promises to be a heated encounter this Thursday with both sides deemed favorites to win this year’s Nations League competition.
Germany vs. Spain Head to Head
Both sides have played four games against each other, with Germany taking home one win while Spain with two wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Germany 6-1 Northern Ireland
Germany 4-0 Belarus
Estonia 0-3 Germany
Germany 2-2 Argentina
Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany
Spain 5-0 Romania
Spain 7-0 Malta
Sweden 1-1 Spain
Norway 1-1 Spain
Spain 4-0 Faroe Islands
Germany Team News
Low already named a 22 squad for the match with a couple of A-list names missing in the list. Champions League winners Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Groteska are missing figures. Other absentees include RB Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann.
Spain Team News
A youthful side awaits the side with Barcelona winger Ansu Fatu earning their first call-up. Other youngsters to feature on the side includes Forren Torres, Oscar Rodriguez, and Eric Garcia. Adama Traore recently earned his first call-up for the match.
Prediction and Odds
We expect a heated encounter with close calls between a youthful side against an experienced side this Thursday.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5