Australia vs Germany Predictions, H2H, Lineups and Betting Tips
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup continues on Monday, 19 June 2017, when we have a clash involving the World Cup holders Germany and the AFC Asian Cup champion Australia. That will be the second group B clash and it basically wraps up round one of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage. The “Fisht Olympic Stadium” in Sochi is set to host its first competition encounter, which won’t be the first matchup facing Germany vs Australia.
H2H History and Stats: Australia vs Germany
Australia and Germany already share common history in previous head-to-head meetings and quite expectedly The Socceroos can’t draw much positives out of it. Furthermore, this won’t be the first ever fixture facing both nations at the FIFA Confederations Cup as Germany won 4-3 at the 2005 tournament on home turf. One truly remarkable game where the Aussies leveled twice but the Germans were inspired by their home advantage, as well as by a fantastic generation of footballers. Kevin Kuranyi, Per Mertesacker, Michael Ballack and Lukas Podolski were all goal scorers for Germany, while Josip Skoko and John Aloisi (twice) netted for Australia.
Five years later Germany devastated Australian hopes in their 2010 FIFA World Cup opening game – 4-0 after a scoring fiesta by Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Müller and Cacau.
These are the two competitive fixtures between Australia and Germany, but however, Socceroos are doing better in friendlies where they are yet to lose to Germany. First of all Australia made a full comeback and won 1-2 in March 2011. Four years later (March 2015) their successful performances in friendlies became a habit and Aussies were really close to repeat previous outcome, but Germany scored a late equalizer – 2:2. In fact both of the aforementioned matches were in Germany which makes them extremely valuable for The Socceroos.
Confederations Cup: Australia vs Germany 19.06.2017
The brave Aussies have finally lost a game after eight games unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers. It came in a friendly match against Brazil on Tuesday, however the result was not friendly at all – 0-4 for The Selecao and that happened in Melbourne.
Anyway, Ange Postecoglou’s ambition looks towards the perspectives of qualifying to the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer and the FIFA Confederations Cup is a general preparation for the main event. Certainly a stage where Australia can play some serious games and being in a group alongside the World Cup winners Germany, respectively champions of South America/Africa – Chile/Cameroon, is a challenge. Nevertheless, Australia must secure its place at the finals next summer in a first place because the Socceroos are currently third in their qualifying group, which means they should take part in a playoff, despite both victories over UAE and Saudi Arabia earlier this year.
Contrary to the Australian and of all other teams’ approach German boss Joachim Löw rested many key figures. Löw will use the 2017 Confederations Cup as a battlefield for some younger or less experienced players, who must grab the opportunity and eventually make a breakthrough to the main “Mannschaft” next year.
So far so good, Germany achieved a reasonable 7-0 win over San Marino last weekend and it has been a memorable night for Sandro Wagner, who scored a hat-trick in his second ever national team appearance. Others who were active in that game were current captain Julian Draxler, Amin Younes, Julian Brandt and Joshua Kimmich, as the latter assisted for three of the goals.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Joachim Löw is surely delighted with that seven-heaven effort over the unpretentious San Marino, but only few days early Germany was close to lose a friendly against Denmark. Joshua Kimmich scored a late equalizer to form the final 1-1 in Brondby, which was first test for the 23 who will represent Germany at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Obviously Löw is keen to use a formation with three central defenders and five midfielders, which is completely different from the 4-2-3-1 that won him the 2014 World Cup. He even used the centre-back trio formation in some games at the UEFA Euro 2016 last year – as for example in a crucial quarter-final against Italy. This time Löw’s intention is to establish a decent lineup based on the 3-5-2 (3-4-1-2) formation and according to his selection in past two games there are some players who look certain first-team players.
In absence of personalities like Neuer, Hummels, Boateng, Kroos, Khedira, Müller, Reus, Özil, Gomez, there are players like Marc-André ter Stegen, Joshua Kimmich, Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Emre Can, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka and Sandro Wagner who must build the main core in the Russian summer of 2017. Good performances will help them returning next year again and only some unbelievable results in qualifying group C will remove Germany from the top out there.
Australia’s coach Ange Postecoglou can’t boast himself with such a tremendous squad depth like Germany, so all key players available travelled to Russia. This includes veteran Tim Cahill who can either start or remain on the bench at the expense of Tomi Juric, who scored a brace for the vital 3-2 win vs Saudi Arabia 10 days ago.
Besides Cahill, there are only two others who are aged over 30 and one of them is third goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, while other is midfielder Mark Milligan. This pretty much shows that Australian football is changing its generation and there are some promising names like Mathew Ryan, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Tom Rogic, Mathew Leckie and Tomi Juric.
Unfortunately left-back Brad Smith and captain Mile Jedinak both got injured before the competition and will miss out.
Australia vs Germany Prediction and Betting Tips
In our opinion value is for betting on goals since we have Germany on one side and on other side Aussies are not famous for their strong defending. We expect open football in Sochi and first of the betting tips is for “Over 3 Goals“, meaning you’ll get your stake back if there are exactly three goals scored.
Our second betting predition goes over the scoring ability and confidence boost of Sandro Wagner, who is expected to lead the German attack next to either Timo Werner or Lars Stindl. “Sandro Wagner – Anytime Goalscorer“.
Venue: “Fisht Olympic Stadium”, Sochi.
Referee: Mark Geiger from the United States.
Possible Lineups of Australia and Germany
Australia: Mathew Ryan – Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury, Ryan McGowan – Aziz Behich, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Mathew Leckie – Tom Rogic, Jackson Irvine – Tomi Juric. (3-4-2-1)
Germany: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Rüdiger, Niklas Süle – Jonas Hector, Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich – Julian Draxler – Sandro Wagner, Lars Stindl. (3-4-1-2)