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  • 31 May 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
  • Referee: K. Blom
  • • Attendance: 43241

Germany - Israel Preview: Die Mannschaft look to rebound from Swiss humbling

Germany - Israel Preview: Die Mannschaft look to rebound from Swiss humbling


Joachim Low will welcome back many of his big guns for Thursday's match in Leipzig after resting a number of players during the heavy defeat to Switzerland last weekend



Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm
Khedira, Kroos
Reus, Ozil, Podolski

Spungin, Ben Haim, Gershon, Scheimann
Natkho, Zahavi
Melikson, Benayoun, Refaelov

Germany are expected to make several changes for the friendly encounter with Israel at the Red Bull Arena as they finalise their preparations for Euro 2012.

Bayern Munich stars Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber will all start, having been left out of the squad for Saturday's 5-3 loss to Switzerland.

Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez are likely to feature in some capacity, but the same may not be said for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is carrying a calf problem.

Israel, who lost 2-1 to a second-string Czech Republic side last weekend, could welcome midfielder Lior Refaelov back to the starting XI. Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter is also set to continue in his lone striking role.

  • Germany have lost their last two matches - their worst run of results since suffering successive defeats to England and Norway in late-2008/early-2009.
  • Die Mannschaft beat Israel 7-1 when the two sides last met in February 2002.
  • Germany have never lost a game in which Miroslav Klose (pictured right) has scored.
  • Israel's defeat to the Czech Republic was their fifth loss in their last six matches.
  • Eli Guttman's side failed to qualify for Euro 2012 as they finished third in their qualifying group behind Greece and Croatia.
  • Yossi Benayoun has 87 international caps to his name - only seven short of Arik Benado's all-time appearance record for Israel.

Players to watch

M. Reus

Position: Attacker

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The young starlet was one of the revelations of the Bundesliga this season as his 18 goals helped Borussia Monchengladbach grab the final Champions League qualifying spot. With plenty of competition for places in the German attack, Reus, who turns 23 on Thursday, will want to carry over his domestic form into the warm-up game and boost his chances of earning a starting role in Germany's Euro 2012 opener against Portugal.

E. Shechter

Position: Attacker

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The Kaiserslautern striker scored in Israel's loss to the Czech Republic, taking his international tally to four in 12 appearances, and he could provide a stern test to the much-maligned German defence. The former Hapoel Tel Aviv striker only managed to score three times in the Bundesliga last season but will be hoping that uncertainty in the Mannschaft's backline can give him the opportunity to net against Joachim Low's side.

Editor's Prediction

The return of the Bayern players will help shore up a creaky backline and the home side should have little trouble in dispatching their opponents to build some much-needed confidence heading into the European Championship.

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