Two European Giants Clash in Nations League Decider
Across tonight and tomorrow evening, the final group games in the Nations League will take place and across most of the groups, there is still plenty to be decided. That is especially the case in Group 4 of League A, where Germany lead the group by one point from Spain, with the two teams set to go head-to-head tonight in the southern Spanish city of Seville.
At stake for the two teams is a place in the semifinals of the Nations League tournament, which would be a first for both these nations after missing out in the first running of the competition. France are the only team to have already made it through, so the remaining three spots will come from either Spain or Germany, Belgium or Denmark or Italy, the Netherlands or Poland.
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Let’s now take a look at the game tonight and give you our best tips for what to back in what is a very exciting clash between two of the foremost teams in world football.
Spain v Germany – Preview
These two teams last met a couple of months ago and Germany were on the brink of a 1-0 win until the 5th minute of injury time when Valencia full back Jose Gaya netted for Spain to hand the visitors a draw in a game that they probably deserved a share of the spoils from.
The teams have met 24 times in the past, though mostly in international friendly games. Germany have the most victories with nine to Spain’s seven, with eight games between the teams being draws. A look back at the ten most recent fixtures reveals things are perfectly split, with three wins for each team in that time combined with four drawn matches.
In the last game between the teams in Spain, Germany won 1-0 in an international friendly, but in the last three competitive games, Spain have won two of them, including wins at both the European Championship and World Cup in 2008 and 2010. The other result being the draw between the two teams earlier this month in the Nations League.
Spain v Germany – Group Situation
Both teams are in League A Group 4 of the Nations League and after five games Germany lead the group by one point from Spain. They have scored 10 goals in those games, but conceded seven and have amassed nine points, winning two games (both against the Ukraine) while drawing the other three (twice against Switzerland and once against Spain).
Spain are second on eight points but do have a better goal difference of seven goals scored and just three conceded (+4). Spain have beaten the Ukraine and Switzerland in the group so far, but have also drawn with Switzerland and Germany but their most damaging result was a 1-0 loss away in the Ukraine which is why they are second in the group at the moment.
Germany need just a draw or better in order to clinch a spot in the Nations League semifinals next autumn, while Spain must win the game in order to progress and overtake Germany at the head of the group. The other two teams in the group, Ukraine and Switzerland will be battling it out to avoid relegation from League A when they meet later on tonight too.
Spain v Germany Team News
Luis Enrique’s next generation Spain may be a tad unfamiliar to a number of fans who are probably expecting a few more household names. Morata and Moreno, who scored a late equaliser against Switzerland in the last game, could form a duo up front with Enrique reverting to a 4-3-1-2 system. David de Gea also faces a fight for his spot in the sticks with Bilbao keeper Simon seemingly Enrique’s new first choice.
Germany will welcome back Toni Kroos from suspension and he should go straight into the team in midfield in place of Robin Koch alongside Goretzka and Gundogan. Sane, Gnabry and Werner will likely line up together in attack, offering one of the most potent and pacy attacking trios in world football today.
Spain – 4-3-1-2- – Simon, Roberto, Ramos, Torres, Reguilon, Busquets, Merino, Ruiz, Oyarzabal, Morata, Moreno.
Germany – 4-3-3 – Neuer, Ginter, Sule, Rudiger, Max, Gundogan, Kroos, Goretzka, Sane, Gnabry, Werner.
Spain v Germany – Top Tips
- Match Result – Draw – 13/5
The last game between these two teams was a draw and in truth, I find it hard to split the teams. Spain’s defence is very solid and even though. Germany have a pacy and potent attack, I still feel that they may struggle to get enough possession against Spain to do too much with that. However, even with a leaky German defence, this Spain team does struggle for goals and as such even if they score one or two, I do think the Germans can get the same number of goals to clinch the draw they need to progress.
You could also go for the Draw/Both Teams to Score bet here which is available at bet365 at odds of 10/3.
If you wanted a longer odds bet and assuming that Spain throw caution to the wind a little in their quest for a win, you could look at an anytime scorecast option with Germany’s Serge Gnabry to score at any time and the game to finish 2-2 being a 22/1 shot.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 10.10am on Tuesday 17th November 2020.