After falling short at Euro 2012, Joachim Low's men are under pressure to get back to winning ways. Al Hain-Cole fears that the Albiceleste formidable front line has other plansWith the dust still settling on their unexpected Euro 2012 semi-final defeat to Italy, Germany have the chance to put some smiles back on fans' faces as they take on Argentina in a high-profile friendly match this evening.
Joachim Low's men have come under some intense criticism in the aftermath of the tournament, with some questioning the players' attitude and commitment to the team.
A win in Frankfurt would certainly go some way to dispelling these allegations, and die Mannschaft are 13/10 (2.30) favourites with Paddy Power to collect a morale-boosting victory.
However, opponents Argentina are unlikely to just roll over for their hosts, and a squad featuring Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and the imperious Lionel Messi cannot be underestimated.
With Germany missing such key men as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez and Philipp Lahm, the South Americans provide excellent value at 21/10 (3.10) to avenge their 4-0 defeat at the 2010 World Cup by winning this match.
The thrashing in South Africa aside, encounters between these two teams are traditionally tight affairs, and it would be no great surprise to see them play out a draw at the Commerzbank Arena.
You can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on a stalemate taking place in this one, as has occurred in three of the last five meetings.
Even without some big-name players, the hosts still boast an array of young attacking talent that can give Argentina's fearsome front line a run for their money.
With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle, Marco Reus and Thomas Muller facing off against Messi & Co., we should be in for some goals.
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in both Germany and Argentina’s last four games, and with the forwards on display tonight it seems safe to back that taking place in this game, at odds of 4/5 (1.80).
|Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
||Argentina to win at 21/10 (3.10) with Paddy Power|
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