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Germany vs Argentina Preview: Match preview, predicted XI, betting odds, and more | International friendly

Tony Akatugba
ANALYST
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:42 IST

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Argentina's Paulo Dybala could play a key role in the absence of Lionel Messi.

It's a battle of footballing heavyweights as Germany takes on Argentina in an international friendly at the Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.

There is no love lost between both teams and this is a re-enactment of the 2014 World Cup final. Back then, Die Mannschaft beat Lionel Messi's Argentina courtesy of a Mario Gotze strike in extra-time.

Germany lost 2-4 to La Albiceleste in Dusseldorf during a friendly the last time they faced it other, a few months after their 2014 final loss in Brazil. The two nations have met a total of 22 times, with Argentina winning 10 times and Germany triumphing on eight occasions. The spoils have been shared four times.

Both sides are enjoying a rich vein of form - Germany has only suffered a single loss in 2019, a home defeat to the Netherlands. Argentina has only lost thrice in their 11 games this year. Each side will be aiming to build on their current form.

The two teams will be missing key players for this one, with a host of German stars such as Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan all missing the cut through injury. Argentina, on the other hand, will be most notably without the irrepressible Lionel Messi, who is serving a suspension.


Venue and kick-off information

Match venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Date: October 9, 2019

Kick-off: 7.45 pm (BST)


Head to head

In 22 meetings, Argentina has come out on top with ten victories, while Germany has won eight times, and they have tied on four occasions.

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Die Mannschaft, however, hold the bragging rights when it comes to victories that matter, as they have beaten Argentina two times in three World Cup finals contested (1990 and 2014).


Form guide

Germany: DWWWLW

Argentina: WWLLDW


Did you know?

In the last five friendlies between both teams, Argentina has won four times and drawn once with Die Mannschaft.

Serge Gnabry has scored in his last three starts for Die Mannschaft.

Joachim Low's men have scored at least two goals in their last five international fixtures.


Betting odds

Germany win: 1.85

Argentina win: 3.97

Draw: 3.73

BTTS: 1.67 (Y), 2.07 (N)

Bookmaker: Betway


Predicted XI

Germany (3-4-3): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Niklas Sule, Robin Koch, Lucas Klostermann, Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, Marcel Halstenberg, Luca Waldschmidt, Serge Gnabry, Julian Brandt

Argentina (4-3-3): Agustin Marchesin, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcus Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Leandro Paredes, Roberto Pereyra, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Acuna, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez


Match prediction

Both sides are missing heavy hitters, especially Germany who are fielding a largely untested side. Also, Argentina has the upper hand in terms of friendlies played and won between both sides. However, expect this to be a keenly contested game, with the hosts managing to edge the visitors.

Final score: Germany 2-1 Argentina

Published 09 Oct 2019, 19:00 IST
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