Battling Stars And Stripes could earn a draw in Germany
It’s only 22 years since Germany first met the USA in a full-blown international but the teams have now met 10 times in total, their latest clash coming in last year’s World Cup in a very soggy Recife when a goal from Thomas Muller put the Germans through as Group G winners.
The world champions have won seven of those 10 games and the Americans have never managed even a draw on German soil. But they did pull off a famous victory against a patched-up Germany side at the RFK Stadium in 2013 and arrive at the RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne off the back of an unlikely victory over the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side fought back from 3-1 down to wrap up a 4-3 victory and they certainly won’t roll over for Germany, who are preparing for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar at the weekend.
Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes and Reading’s Danny Williams all scored their first international goal against the Dutch and Klinsmann is likely to give youth its chance again in Cologne. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan played his first game of 2015 for the Americans in Amsterdam and will be hoping to keep his place. Defender DeAndre Yedlin could also feature even though he has only managed one appearance so far for Spurs.
Defender Mats Hummels misses both of his side’s two games this month, however, and Muller and Manuel Neuer have been rested for the game with the USA. Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger will captain the Germans and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has joined up with the squad having starred in the FA Cup Final.
Despite missing a few star names, Germany’s squad still looks to have more quality than that of the Americans but Klinsmann’s men will have been fired up by that win against the Dutch and they have an admirable work ethic that will ensure their hosts get a good workout.
It would be no surprise if the match-fit USA battled to a draw at 15/4 in a game which will mean more to them than their opponents. Under 2.5 goals in our Totals market is 6/4.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, June 10 at the RheinEnergie Stadion, Cologne