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Euros preview: Germany vs Scotland

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Euros preview: Germany vs Scotland

Euros preview: Germany vs Scotland

Are Germany about to rediscover their former flair for the big occasion? Or can Scotland kill the host nation’s vibe at this opening match of the Euros?

Knocked out of the 2020 Euros by England in the round of 16, the Germans have also failed to get out of the group stage in recent World Cups. But there have been signs of improvement in the last 12 months or so. Even if that run included a 4-1 loss to Japan back in September.

Germany are three-time Euros winners

Okay, this may not be quite the formidable Mannschaft of old. But Julien Nagelsmann’s side enjoy a fine pedigree at the Euros, having won three times, most recently in 1996.

Can Germany get the Euros started with a bang in Friday’s evening kick-off?

Scotland have never progressed beyond the first round of any major tournament; at Euro 2020 three years ago, the side earned one point in their three games, that highlight coming when they held England to a goalless draw.

More recently, the Scots’ qualifying campaign for this tournament started with five wins – including an unexpected victory over Spain. But the good times have slowed down in the last 10 months, with Scotland’s only win in their last nine attempts coming against lowly Gibraltar.

Kai Havertz can get the party started

With the Germans having seen off France and Netherlands in recent friendlies, you’d expect them to have too much for Steve Clarke’s side.  The Dutch team turned over Scotland 4-0 back in March.

Scotland will hopefully offer more resistance at Munich’s Allianz Arena. But while Kai Havertz may not always be the most prolific of strikers, the German did score four goals in his last five appearances for Arsenal last season.

Havertz found the net against Greece in a friendly last week too; he may be the man to get the Euros party started for the hosts on Friday night. Havertz to score at 11/8 looks a decent prospect.

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