World champions Germany inaugurated EURO CUP 2016 with a hard-fought win over Ukraine, and will face European neighbors Poland in the 2nd group-stage game, on Stade de France, Paris. Both teams know that a win against one another will propel them into another phase of the tournament, the knockout round.
Germany manager Joachim Low became the only manager in the tournament implementing false 9 formations, with Bayern Munich winger Mario Gotze spearheading Die Mannschaft’s attack. Although ‘Super Mario’ failed to score, the team performed admi rably (although some way of vintage performance), so Low is likely to continue the same formation against the Polish.
Midfielder Tony Kroos stole the show against the Ukrainians, as his metronomic passing dictating the game from start to finish. But his teammate and midfield comrade Mesut Ozil was criticized once against for his lack of work rate – although – he set up Schwinsteiger’s goal emphatically at the dying minutes of the match and won supporters’ heart. If the Arsenal star does against Poland what is does best- that is setting up the goals- Low will have every reason to play the former Real Madrid man in his starting eleven.
Low- who was trolled on social media when he was seen putting his hand around his genitals and seen sniffing ! – told the media,” Poland are in any case a powerful team. We’ve played against them twice and yes, we lost once. With striker Lewandowski they are strong in attack. Like Ukraine , they have quality players going forward.”
Poland, unlike Germany, are not all-star side and will be hoping their star man- Robert Lewandowski – will step-up his game against the match favorites, as he failed to net in the opening game against Northern Ireland.
Germany: Team News
Germany have no new injuries after the first game and on the bright side, Bayern Munich bound defender Mat Hummel’s have recovered from injury in time, and will partner Jerome Boateng at the heart of German defence.
Germany: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Neuer –Höwedes, Boateng, Hummels, Hector – Khedira, Kroos – Muller, Ozil, Draxler – Gotze
Poland: Team News
The Polish side are concerned about the injury of their first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, although should he fail to recover in time, back up goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is competent enough to replace the Arsenal goalie.
The goalscorer against Northern Ireland, Arkediusz Milik suffered a knock in his calf during the game, but has recovered swiftly and will start the match against Thomas Muller and Co.
Poland: Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Germany vs Poland: Head-To-Head stats
Poland have history against their side, as the traditional powerhouse Germany have won 13 out of twenty games against them. Six of the remaining seven games have been draw, and a solitary win was when the German were beaten in EURO qualifiers on 11th October, 2014.
Germany vs Poland: Prediction
On paper, Germany are favorites to win the game and qualify for the next round, but Joachim Low should warn his team that Poland team are no pushovers, and any level of complicacy can result in fatal consequences for the EURO contenders.
Final Prediction: Germany 2-1 Poland