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While the Albiceleste will be keen to gain revenge for July's World Cup final defeat, Al Hain-Cole expects the absence of Lionel Messi to hamper their attacking intentions

Germany and Argentina will play out a rematch of this summer’s World Cup final when they meet in a friendly at Dusseldorf’s Esprit Arena on Wednesday.
 
Having come out top in Rio de Janeiro, Joachim Low’s side are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with William Hill to prevail once again in their first game as world champions.
 
The Albiceleste have actually emerged victorious on each of their last two visits to Germany for exhibition matches and are available at 3/1 (4.00) to make it three in a row here.
 
The pair needed extra-time to separate them on the big stage in July and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the two playing out another draw this time out.
 
Although when originally scheduled this exhibition match may have been intended merely as a high-profile clash to excite the fans prior to Die Mannschaft’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign, their last meeting ensures that it is unlikely to lack competitive spirit.

Making his debut at the helm, Gerardo Martino is bound to be particularly keen to get off to a positive start by gaining some sort of revenge for his nation’s World Cup heartbreak, as underlined by a particularly strong first squad selection.

However, the former Barcelona boss will have one hand tied behind his back due to the absence of star man Lionel Messi - a major blow as his side seeks to break down a defence they failed to penetrate in 120 minutes just two months ago.

At the other end of the pitch, the Germans must do without Mesut Ozil due to an ankle injury, while Miroslav Klose’s retirement has denied them another valuable weapon up front.

With this in mind, a hard-fought encounter seems unlikely to provide too much action in front of goal, making odds of 10/11 (1.91) look like a wise investment on under 2.5 goals being scored for Argentina’s fifth consecutive match.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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