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Germany vs France: Preview and Predictions

We have a top class fixture among Tuesday’s friendlies when World Champions Germany welcome Euro 2016 losing finalists France to the RheinEnergieStadion in Koln.

Germany were held to a goal-less draw by an inexperienced English side in their first friendly after comfortably qualifying for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. However, Low’s men had the better of the chances with Jordan Pickford being called to make several saves.

Germany’s unbeaten run currently stand at 20 games with 16 wins and 4 draws. They won 7 on the bounce prior to the draw at England. Their last defeat was at the Euro 2016 semi-finals against France.

Meanwhile, France begin their preparations with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Wales. Antoine Griezmann, who struggled for goals at Atletico Madrid put the Blues in front and the rout was completed by a second half goal from Arsenal outcast Olivier Giroud.

France have now won their last three games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last six. They kept four clean sheets in the process.

Germany vs France: Head-to-head

France won the last two meetings with Germany by the same 2-0 score-line. Germany had won the previous two by a 1-goal margin.

However, Germany lost their last two matches at home soil against France, 1-2 in 2012 and 0-3 in 2003.

Both teams failed to score in 7 of the last 9 meetings between the two sides.

Germany vs France: Predictions

Looking back to their previous friendly, both managers set out to play with attacking formations. And with both teams packed with some talented youngsters, we are about to see some fireworks on Tuesday night. Yet, the full-time result is almost unpredictable and therefore we will stick with bets from the goal markets.

 

Goal Predictor Tip : |  Both teams to Score  |   1.75

Portugal vs USA

This just might be the most meaningful meaningless match the US national team has played in a long time – and not just because it’s serving as a benefit for wildfire victims in Portugal.

With the pain of missing out on the 2018 World Cup (USA’s first absence from the field since 1986) still setting in, caretaker coach Dave Sarachan has started the process of finding a team that can qualify for Qatar 2022.

Out – at least for Tuesday’s friendly in Leiria – are the old guard: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard and more. Sarachan has kept a few veterans around (Alejandro Bedoya, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Tim Ream) and brought in some little-used players from years past (CJ Sapong, Eric Lichaj, Jorge Villafaña) – but for the most part, Tuesday’s friendly will largely be an audition for new blood, with younger regulars like Christian Pulisic and Bobby Wood staying with their European clubs this time around.

There are plenty of storylines in play, though: Who will emerge as the top ‘keeper, the top center back tandem? Is Yedlin, with 48 caps under his belt, the captain-in waiting?

The questions won’t all be answered on Tuesday. Some of them might not be answered for quite some time. But it’s a start – a chance at a promising start, really – and for now, that has to be enough.

Portugal

The hosts, who won’t be sitting at home next summer, are also using Tuesday’s friendly to give lesser-used players a shot at filling out the World Cup roster – but coach Fernando Santos has salted his 24-man roster with some players who should present stiff challenges for the young Americans.

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be there, but 21-year-old striker Andre Silva will, after scoring nine times in 10 World Cup qualifying matches. Portugal’s stable of attackers also includes Eder, who scored the winning goal in the 2016 Euro title match.

And at the other end, the inclusion of Pepe in the defensive corps guarantees that the US forwards will be in for a night – or at least part of one – of being banged around by one of the world’s more physical back-line players.

USA

With Pulisic left off the roster, the US will be looking for someone who can pull strings on the attack – both to push the young star and to provide depth in that playmaking spot.

That’s not the only area which will be under scrutiny. To be fair, though, pretty much all of them will — especially with other possible young contributors staying back in North America for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

There will be eyes be on who pairs with Ream in central defense, or whether Sarachan goes with a young duo – perhaps Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga – there.

Portugal Squad

GOALKEEPERS (3): Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA; 4/0), Beto (Goztepe/TUR; 11/1), José Sá (FC Porto; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Antunes (Getafe/ESP; 12/0), Edgar Ié (Lille/FRA; 0/0), Kevin Rodrigues (Real Sociedad/ESP; 0/0), João Cancelo (Inter/ITA; 5/3), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 15/0), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona/ESP; 7/0), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR; 90/5), Ricardo Ferreira (Braga; 0/0) Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto; 2/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG; 19/2), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting; 0/0), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto; 25/1), João Mário (Inter/ITA; 29/0), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 9/2), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG; 2/0)

FORWARDS (6): André Silva (Milan; 17/11), Bruma (RB Leipzig/GER; 0/0), Éder (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 33/4), Gelson Martins (Sporting; 13/0), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP; 3/0), Rony Lopes (Monaco; 0/0)

United States  Squad

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 3/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 1/0)

DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 32/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/ENG; 0/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 13/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED; 3/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 26/1), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 14/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 48/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 16/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 65/2), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 2/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/ENG; 22/2)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 26/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 3/2), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; 0/0)

With the history from the previous matches, our pick for this duel is : 
Over 2.5 Goals

Italy Sweden

Italy vs Sweden

Italy are facing the prospect of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 should they fail to overcome Sweden in their crunch play-off game on Monday evening at AC Milan’s San Siro.
Match could be Gianluigi Buffon’s last game for national team.

Team News

ITALY :
  • Italy have plenty to ponder after their 1-0 defeat in the first leg on Friday.
  • Marco Verratti will miss the second leg through suspension, while Leonardo Bonucci may have to play with a face mask after breaking his nose in the first leg.
  • Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola remain doubts after missing the first leg through first injury.
  • Giampiero Ventura’s gamble to revert back to a 3-5-2 formation and drop Lorenzo Insigne backfired massively in Sweden. Changes will be needed here.
SWEDEN :
  • Mikael Lustig missed the 1-0 win on Friday through suspension and should slot back in at right-back here.
  • No other changes are expected from the away side as they look to protect their slender advantage.

Match Facts

  • Italy have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Sweden in all competitions.
  • Italy have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions.
  • Italy are undefeated in their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions.

Prediction :

Italy – Sweden  | 1 |   1.60

Expected win for ITALY  on this one, but it will be enough  to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?