Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After dropping two points in a 3-3 draw with Switzerland, Germany will be looking to return to winning ways in Group 4 when they host Ukraine at Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening. Joachim Low’s men aim to overtake Spain in top position in the standings, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Ukrainians. Considering that Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are back to contention, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
Chelsea attacker Timo Werner, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League of late, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Andriy Shevchenko’s troops, on the other hand, did well to shock Spain in their last group game, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Germany’s party in Leipzig despite the fact that Bayern Munchen midfielder Joshua Kimmich is sidelined with injury.
Highlighted Player (Manuel Neuer):
Manuel Neuer is a German shoot-stopper who plays for Bayern Munich. Neuer used to play for Schalke in the past and in 2011 he joined their fierce rivals FCB for a fee of €22 million. Some Bayern fans were unhappy about the signing of the Schalke goalkeeper, but they changed their quickly changed their opinions.
The 193-cm-tall keeper, who was born on 27 March, 1986 in Gelsenkirchen, has established himself as one of the best shoot-stoppers in the world and, no doubt, he helped Bayern Munich win the 2015/2016 Bundesliga trophy. In 2012/2013 Manuel Neuer and FCB clinched the Champions League trophy as they defeated fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the title game.
Speaking of his international career, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany and it has to be noted that he managed to keep a clean sheet in the title game (1-0). Neur’s idol as a child was Jens Lehman, who played for Germany as a goalkeeper as well.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage.
The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad.
Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.