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Germany - Faroe Islands Preview: Joachim Low's side start again after Euro heartbreak

Germany - Faroe Islands Preview: Joachim Low's side start again after Euro heartbreak

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The hosts are playing in their first competitive game since their bid for continental glory was ended by Italy, and will look to get back to winning ways after a torrid summer

  PROBABLE LINE-UP
GERMANY

Neuer
Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer
Khedira, Kroos
Muller, Ozil, Podolski
Klose


FAROE ISLANDS

Nielsen
Naes, Baldvinsson, Faero, Jacobsen
Benjaminsen, Hansson
Elttor, Holst, Udsen
Edmundsson




Joachim Low will be able to welcome back several familiar faces after naming a much-changed side for their recent friendly loss to Argentina. Philipp Lahm returns, but will play at right-back as opposed to left-back, with Marcel Schmelzer keeping his place on the left-hand side of defence and Jerome Boateng dropping to the bench.

Manuel Neuer will certainly come in for Ron-Robert Zieler in goal, while Lukas Podolski is likely to reclaim his spot on the left wing, but another returning player, Per Mertesacker, will find his path to a centre-back berth blocked by Holger Badstuber and Mats Hummels, whose partnership continues to blossom.

However, there is no return for the unfit Bastian Schweinsteiger, leaving Toni Kroos to continue alongside Sami Khedira in the deep-lying midfield positions, while Miroslav Klose will retain his place up front in light of Mario Gomez's ankle injury.

Faroe Islands, meanwhile, are expected to make a couple of changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Nordic rivals Iceland in a friendly in August. Ageing goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen should make way for the younger Gunnar Nielsen.

Right-back Jonas Tor Naes and centre-backs Rogvi Baldvinsson and Odmar Faero should fill in at centre-back, but Lars Olsen has to make a choice between Erling Jacobsen and Pol Johannus Justinussen for the berth on the left side of defence.

Captain Frodi Benjaminsen and Hallur Hansson will form a shield in front of the defence, with Simun Samuelsen, Christian Holst and Daniel Udsen playing behind Joan Simun Edmundsson, with Hjalgrim Elttor confined to a place on the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Germany qualified for Euro 2012 with 10 wins from as many matches. Their last defeat in qualifying for a major tournament came in October 2007.
  • Joachim Low's side's 2-1 defeat to Italy in the semi-final of the Poland and Ukraine tournament brought an end to their world record 15-match winning streak in competitive internationals.
  • Miroslav Klose (pictured, right) is just four strikes away from equalling Gerd Muller's record of 68 international goals. However, he is 28 caps off Lothar Matthaus' appearance record.
  • Faroe Islands have played die Nationalmannschaft just twice in their history, losing both encounters and scoring only one goal.
  • However, their coach, Lars Olsen, was the captain of the Denmark team that defied the odds to beat the Germans 2-0 in the Euro 1992 final.
  • The Nordic minnows have won just four competitive international games since the turn of the millennium.

Players to watch

M. Schmelzer

Position: Defender

Games: 6

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After finally giving up on the erratic Jerome Boateng, Joachim Low has handed the Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer an opportunity to impress. His recent performances for his country have been far from shining - most notably in the heavy pre-Euro loss to Switzerland in May, but he will have a point to prove on Friday, and his presence down the wing and excellent crossing should see him stand out against low-level opposition.

G. Nielsen

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 10

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One thing is for certain heading into Friday's game - the Faroe Islands' goalkeeper, Gunnar Nielsen, is in for a busy night. Miroslav Klose will be hungry to chip away at Gerd Muller's goalscoring record, Thomas Muller looks to be getting back to his best for Bayern Munich, Mesut Ozil will be aware that  he needs to find his form fast, while Lukas Podolski has a point to prove for his country. If the minnows are to get anything from their trip to Germany, they will need the Manchester City man to be on top of his game.

Editor's Prediction

There could not possibly be more of a gulf in quality between these two teams. While Germany boast a cast of superstars who represent teams such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal, the Faroe Islands have no players of note, and regularly act as cannon fodder when they face teams of Die Mannschaft's ilk. Joachim Low's side have a point to prove after a torrid Euro 2012 campaign, which saw them attract widespread criticism, and I'd expect them to run out easy winners by a huge margin.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Germany

Faroe Islands

Wins
4
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Germany DEU
Germany Germany
Draw
Faroe Islands FRO
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
91%

Top 3 Predictions

Germany DEU
8 - 0
Faroe Islands FRO
Germany DEU
5 - 0
Faroe Islands FRO
Germany DEU
4 - 0
Faroe Islands FRO

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