Adam Bate is expecting fringe first-team players to seize their opportunity against plucky hosts, and Arsenal-bound Lukas Podolski is his tip to bag a goal on SaturdayGermany begin their Euro 2012 preparation in earnest when they take on Switzerland in Basel on Saturday.
The Swiss are coached by German managerial legend Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has lifted the Champions League with both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Under Hitzfeld, they have developed a habit of raising their game against strong opposition but they have struggling against lesser sides.
Switzerland lost to Wales and scraped past Luxembourg in late 2011. And yet, they beat Spain at the 2010 World Cup and have earned creditable draws away to England and the Netherlands.
The young Swiss side are 5/2 (3.50) to pick up a draw in this one and are 7/2 (4.50) with Bet365 to win the game.
Germany have had the odd slip-up of late, with a disappointing home defeat to France last time out.
But there have also been morale-boosting victories over Brazil and Holland. As a result, it’s no surprise that the Euro 2008 finalists are 4/5 (1.80) odds-on to win here.
Germany boss Joachim Low has decided to rest the Bayern players who suffered the heartbreak of Champions League final defeat to Chelsea last weekend.
But such is the depth of quality in the squad it is unlikely to be a major issue with Borussia Dortmund players such as Mario Gotze and Ilkay Gundogan on a high after winning the double.
Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose will be looking to take advantage of Mario Gomez’s absence by adding to their already astonishing international goal tallies.
The two men have over 100 goals for Germany between them. Klose, a slight injury doubt, is 5/1 (6.00) to score first here but Podolski at 11/2 (6.50) is the pick with Bet365.
For the Swiss, Xherdan Shaqiri will be looking to impress as he is moving to Bayern in the summer.
The price of 18/1 (19.00) with Bet365 is an industry-best and could be a value pick given this is a friendly.
There are good prices of 7/4 (2.75) for Germany to lead at half-time and win, as well as a 2-0 victory for the away side at 17/2 (9.50).
But with Germany perhaps not at full tilt there is little value in being too greedy here - take the chunky 4/5 (1.80) for the away win as that is the best bet available in this clash.
|Germany to win at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365
||Lukas Podolski FGS at 11/2 (6.50) with Bet365
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