This is the pick of the bunch when it comes to international friendly matches this week. Germany will be taking on Argentina in Dortmund and it is the hosts who are favourites. Neither squad is going to be at full strength for this one, with Germany having taken a heavy hit with injuries. Read our Germany v Argentina betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Germany will be lining up against Estonia on the 13th in their one game in the European Championships qualifiers during this international break. They get a warm-up for that one by taking on Argentina on Wednesday night. The Germans have won four of their last five games played, the one exception in that run, a 2-4 loss at home against the Netherlands in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. That is their only loss in their last eight fixtures and they seem to be on the road to recovery after a difficult year from late 2017 through to the end of the Nations League.
They are scoring a lot more freely at the moment, Die Mannschaft having netted at least two goals in each of their last five games played. Just once in their last eight have they failed to score at least two goals in a fixture. Surprisingly they have won only one of their last four at home, but have scored at least two goals in five of their last six. Germany aren’t at full strength with several players like Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan and Timo Werner sidelined.
The last meeting was a friendly in 2014 which Argentina won
Argentina have won two of the last three meetings
Germany trails the head to head W2 D3 L5
Both teams have scored in two of the last five meetings
Argentina are always a really hard side to read when it comes to international friendly matches. It is not always them at their strongest that you see. But they have a good record nonetheless. Argentina are undefeated in their last four international friendly games, conceding just one goal in that sequence of games. However, really since that 6-1 drubbing by Spain back in March last year, they haven’t faced anyone of note other than Brazil (L1) and Mexico (W3).
So their experiences against European nations are hard to gauge. They aren’t at full complement for this one, with Lionel Messi out injured, and the Albiceleste have some fresh faces in their squad. Argentina has suffered just one loss in their last 10 friendly away games. However, the quality of opposition has to come into question in that sequence against the likes of Hong Kong, El Salvador and Iraq.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
With both nations being deprived of some key figures, this may turn out to be a lower-key affair than expected. Germany certainly won’t want to risk too much ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Estonia. The Germans are a good home team, so they can grab the win by a one-goal margin.
8th October 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Neighbours Austria and Germany will meet up in Klagenfurt on the weekend. Germany are the reigning World Champions and will be heading out to Russia soon to launch their title defence. This will be a good warm up for the Germans against Austria, who couldn’t quite get their momentum going during their World Cup qualification campaign.
Germany 1/2, Draw 10/3, Austria 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 9:21 p.m. on May 28th, 2018)
Austria failed to get out of a World Cup 2018 qualification group which was won by Serbia with the Republic of Ireland taking second place. After what had been a positive Euro 2016 qualification campaign, the challenge of Austria fell a little bit flat in trying to reach this summer’s World Cup. With that said though, they closed out the March international break with a comfortable victory over minnows Luxembourg, which took the Austrians to five straight victories. In that sequence of wins, one was against their qualification group winners Serbia and they took a victory in a friendly against World Cup-bound Uruguay as well. So there are some positives which Austria could take forward to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. It means that they could also give reigning World Champions Germany a good run out. Two of the last four meetings between Austria and Germany has seen the Germans run out 2-1 winners and in the bet365 correct score market, a repeat 2-1 scoreline for Germany is 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:12 p.m. on May 28th, 2018).
Germany are on a nine-match winning streak against Austria, from both competitive and friendly meetings, and they are unbeaten in 11 against them. The last meeting between them was during World Cup 2014 qualification with Germany winning both matches. Germany have scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine fixtures against Austria and therefore it may be worth looking over 2.5 goals which is at 3/4 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 9:12 p.m. on May 28th, 2018). Each of the last four fixtures between the two neighbours have ended up that way. Germany are going to the game only having posted only a D3 L1 record in their last four games, so not the hottest form from them. Back in the March international break they played out a draw against Spain but then suffered a 1-0 defeat against Brazil. That was Germany’s first defeat though since their Euro 2016 exit. Also something to take into consideration is that their last four games have been against England, France, Spain and Brazil so they have certainly been pushing themselves. But they will just be looking to get a little bit of momentum going ahead of their title defence at Russia 2018.
Germany have form in Austria and they may just be a bit of value to go and get themselves a narrow win. Austria can make life difficult for Die Mannschaft because of their current form, but may ultimately just come up short.
30th May 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Germany’s game against Spain on Friday night was an absolute delight to watch. High-quality football all around and the World Champions are going to take on another huge challenge as they line up against Brazil on Tuesday. The Selecao, who are without the injured Neymar, steamrollered their way over Russia on Friday.
Germany 23/20, Draw 12/5, Brazil 9/4* (Betting Odds taken at 08:58 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018)
Germany played out a 1-1 draw with Spain on Friday night. The first half was fantastic and just as the longer the game went on you could tell that they were both happy to settle for the draw. It preserved both of their unbeaten records since Euro 2016 which is some going. Will Germany remain defeated against Brazil? It is worth looking for goals in this one obviously and both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 08:58 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018). Germany have so much strength but they have now drawn their last three games against England, France and Spain. They have certainly been putting themselves above and testing themselves against tough opposition and the fact that they have stayed unbeaten speaks volumes about them. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 08:58 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018).
The last time that these two met was at the 2014 World Cup and most will probably remember what happened there. Germany ran out 7-1 winners in one of the most remarkable games in the history of the tournament. Germany have won their last two games against Brazil now. In the last five meetings between the two giants, things are even with two wins each and a draw. Each of the last three meetings have produced at least five goals.
Brazil played out an easy 3-0 win over Russia out in St Petersburg on Friday night and that extended their current good form. They are unbeaten since a loss against Argentina in the Superclasico back in June last year (W5 D3). They have scored exactly three goals in three of their last four games and over 3.5 goals at bet365 has to be worth considering at 2/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 08:58 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018) even though that’s unusual for a friendly. But these two have a scoring history between them and both are running in good form at the moment as well. This could be a really big test for Brazil to see how they can cope against a top side without Neymar.
There should be some good action in this one. Brazil are in fine form but Germany are just immense and are not going to roll over lightly at all. Back the Germans to make a bold statement ahead of the World Cup by winning this.
25th March 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Some big tests ahead for both of these as they look to get up a head of steam before a trip to the World Cup in the summer. Germany are heading there are the joint-favourites alongside Brazil, while Spain look to have a little ground to make up. Can the Spaniards make a strong statement in this friendly?
Germany 7/5, Spain 19/10, Draw 23/10* (Betting Odds taken at 07:27 p.m. on March 19th, 2018)
The reigning World Champions Germany didn’t lose a game in 2017 producing a W11 D4 record over their sequence of matches. They did draw their two friendly matches back in November, being held to a 0-0 by England and then in a 2-2 draw by France so it will be interesting to see how they get a handle on Spain. The Germans have Timo Werner as their shortest priced option with bet365 at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:27 p.m. on March 19th, 2018) in the anytime goalscorer market and the youngster could be a big star at the World Cup. In their last three home games Germany have scored a total of thirteen goals and just back in the summer they sent a youth team to the Confederations Cup and won the tournament still.
There have been 22 previous meetings between Spain and Germany and from those meetings, it is Germany who are 9-7 ahead with the sixteen drawn fixtures. They have contested thirteen friendly matches before and Germany are 5-4 up from those. They last met for a friendly in November 2014 which Germany won 1-0 away from home.
Spain queitly put together a very good 2017, like Germany not losing a single match, although they aren’t as busy as the Germans were. Spain were W8 D2 last year across their matches. In their most recent game, they went to Russia for a friendly against the World Cup 2018 hosts and played out a 3-3 draw. Aside from Italy, Spain had a really easy World Cup qualification group so they are needing to go out and test themselves against higher quality opposition. They will go on to face Argentina on March 27th in another big match for them. Spain are still scoring well and it is Diego Costa who is the 21/10 outright anytime goalscorer favourite, the former Chelsea man getting called up ahead of Alvaro Morata. The most notable fixture that you can take a look at from last year, is Spain’s 2-0 win in a friendly out in Paris against France. They still have it in them.
Tough game to call between two very good sides. Spain really haven’t had the big tests while Germany have been going hard. Back the home side to get the win on the board over the Spaniards.
19th March 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This is one of the big feature international friendly matches in the week. After playing out a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley on Friday, Germany put themselves into another stern test as they play host to France. The French collected an easy win over Wales to go into this one in a positive frame of mind. They are carrying good form against the Germans as well. Germany are 5/4 to collect the win in this one, with France at 11/5 and the draw at 23/10.
An under-strength Germany played out a 0-0 draw at Wembley against a youthful England side on Friday night. That leaves them unbeaten now in their last twenty international matches (W16 D4) since losing against the French back at the European Champions in 2016. The last time that these two came together for a friendly, it was in Paris, a game which was overshadowed by the terror attacks in the city on the night. The Germans are a mighty attacking force when they turn it on and they have netted ten goals in their last four matches, despite failing to score against England. But this is a top friendly clash and these are never usually as exciting as they could be and under 2.5 goals with bet365 is trading at a price of 4/5.
Germany have lost their last two games against France now, both ending in 2-0 defeats. A France 2-0 correct score in this fixture returns a big price of 16/1 and the 1-1 draw is the usual shortest priced option which comes in at a price of 11/2. Germany are 13/2 to pick up a 1-0 result. Germany’s last win over France happened at the 2014 World Cup and the last time that they faced the French on home soil, the Germans lost 1-2. Four of the last six meetings between the two nations both in friendly and competitive meetings have gone under 2.5 goals. So this may not be a goal fest even if there is the potential of it being so. This is a friendly before players get back to club action, so it won’t be a full-blooded affair.
France are in good form with a W4 D1 record in their last five games and they have shipped just the one goal in that sequence of games as well. That was in a 2-1 home win over Belarus in their final World Cup qualifier. They are a price of 7/2 to win to nil at bet365 and they have won four of their last five away games. They strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win over Wales in Paris on the weekend to warm up for this one. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann got the goals and they are 11/5 and 7/4 respectively in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market for this. The French are just about the only ones in the world at the moment who can match the depth and talent that Germany have and Les Bleus are 6/1 to win the 2018 World Cup with Germany at 5/1.
Draw: France are good enough to go and pick up a draw in this friendly and remember it is only a friendly after all. Germany are not at full strength, but that won’t stop them putting on a good show in the game and they can hold their own.
13th November 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Gareth Southgate takes England into a couple of tough friendly games as they start their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. After facing World Champions Germany the Three Lions will go on to face Brazil. This is a perfect time now for England to show that they are capable of standing alongside the best in the world after failing to really excite or impress in World Cup qualification. England are 12/5 underdogs for the win, with the draw at 12/5 and Germany at 11/10.
England will start their preparations for the World Cup 2018 with a couple of big friendlies, but ultimately it looks as if there is going to be little learned from them. That is because of the number of key players missing. Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Jordan Henderson are out, while Gary Cahill is a doubt as well. So it won’t be the strongest English side out by any stretch of the imagination and that means that this should be a game which produces goals. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 19/20. England go into the game on the back of a W4 D1 L1 record in their last six games but they have lost their last three home games against the Germans. England have won 17 of their last 19 games at Wembley however, they are strugglers when it comes to high profile home friendlies.
England are just W1 D1 L3 in their last five home friendly matches against sides in the top ten in the world. There was England’s late collapse in a draw against Spain a year ago after leading 2-0 with a minute to go, while back in June of this year they took on France, produced a horrible display and lost. Both teams to score at bet365 is a price of 8/11 and with Kane out, it leaves Jamie Vardy as England’s shortest priced anytime goalscorer option at 2/1, with Tammy Abraham at 15/8 as he hopes to make his debut for his country. England didn’t exactly set World Cup qualification alight in a weak group, struggling for goals really and they limped to poor 1-0 wins over Slovenia and Lithuania recently to close out their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.
Germany are on a six match winning streak and even though their defensive output has been damaged by Manuel Neuer’s injury, they still pack a punch going forward. They have scored 21 goals in their last six games, hitting at least three goals in four of those six games. They qualified for the World Cup 2018 with consummate ease as you would expect, but along the way they did ship against Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan so that suggests that there will be goals in this. Germany can list recent friendly wins over Spain, Chile and Mexico, with Spain and Chile ranked higher than England and Mexico just beneath the Three Lions. Germany have tremendous strength in depth and their second string won the Confederations Cup in the summer. Timo Werner is the 5/4 outright anytime goalscorer favourite, with Sandro Wagner at 7/4.
Draw: This really is a decent chance for England to show a bit of character and take on the World Championship. However, with the Three Lions depleted of some key players, a draw at the end of this friendly wouldn’t be a bad result for them as Germany are not going to be a pushover, even in a friendly.
8th November 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This is one of the more meatier looking international friendly matches that are going off early in the week. Germany travels to Denmark on Tuesday for a warm up ahead of their next World Cup qualifier against San Marino, which isn’t going to be too taxing for them. Denmark are in the battle for a place at Russia 2018 and will, therefore, want to probably put in a decent performance to raise some momentum. Germany are 5/6 for the win, with the draw at 5/2 and Denmark at 10/3.
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Denmark are in Group E in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers and they are in third place, level on points with second-placed Montenegro while Poland are running away with the group. The Danes have gone W2 D1 L2 in their five qualifiers so far and really are nothing special. They have gone W2 D2 L2 in their last six games, and their most recent friendly saw them earn an away draw against the Czech Republic. They have drawn their last two games. They aren’t a massively prolific goalscoring side but they have scored in each of their last four games against the Germans and in that sequence they hold a W2 D1 L1 record against Germany. Their most recent meeting was at Euro 2012 when Germany won 2-1. Both teams to score at Coral is a quote of 4/6 for the match. There’s not a lot of options in the anytime goalscorer market for them, but young Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg is their shortest priced option at 11/5.
Germany are cruising in their World Cup qualifying group with maximum points from five games and they are going into a game against San Marino on the weekend. They are their usual selves and should play their part in the game going over 2.5 goals at Coral which is a price of 4/5. Up in the correct score market for the game, a Germany 2-1 option is at 15/2 and not a bad looking option for punters to get stuck into. In the anytime goalscorer market you have a lot of names who aren’t big German international household names yet likes Lars Stindl as 6/4 outright favourite followed by Sandro Wagner and Timo Werner at 15/8. They have the talent coming through and this is a great time to go and show some of them off. The Germans have gone W5 D1 in their last six matches played, and their last two friendly games have been big ones, drawing against Italy and debating England.
Germany to win: Really how can you not side with the Germans to go out and take a win in this one? Denmark are nothing more than average at best and just because there have been some entertaining battles between these two, look for both teams to score, but Germany to win.
5th June 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
A repeat of last year’s friendly between these two old rivals is back on the cards as the international break warms up. In March last year, England rolled out a 3-2 win over the Germans in a great match up in Berlin. Both of them will be back in World Cup qualifying action so this is just a warm up for that. Will the Three Lions be able to take another confidence-boosting win over Die Mannschaft? Germany are 3/4 for the win, with the draw at 11/4 and England out at 7/2.
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A last minute goal from Eric Dier gave England a win over Germany in March last year in a five goal thriller. Germany have put together a W5 D1 record in their six international games played since August last year and the only blip in that sequence was 0-0 friendly result against Italy. In the Bet365 correct score market a Germany 1-0 result is the shortest priced option at a quote of 13/2. That may be a tempter because Germany have not conceded a single goal this season in their six matches played. That is three home wins on the bounce with a clean sheet in two. Germany to win to nil at Bet365 is a price of 2/1. But there has been more than enough goals between these two in recent match ups in Germany to suggest that there will be more than that. Over 2.5 goals is a price of 4/5 on the game. In the anytime goalscorer market, Germany have Mario Gomez at 6/5 and Thomas Muller at 3/2 at the head of the market.
There have been a total of fourteen goals in the last three games between these two out in Germany. In each of the last six contests between them both teams have scored in all but one of them. Both teams to score at Bet365 is a price of 8/11. Following this game at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany will face up against Azerbaijan in Group C of World Cup 2018 Qualifying. England will play hosts to Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday. Since that famous 5-1 win that England dished out to Germany in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, they have gone W2 L3 in their last five against them. England’s last two wins against the Germans have been by just the one goal margin and an England to win by a one goal margin is a price of 5/1 at Bet365.
Will Gareth Southgate’s men be able to come away with a feel good win again? They are sitting comfortably at the head of the World Cup qualifying group and will be more concerned about next weekend than this one. There are newer faces to the England squad with Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse getting call ups from Southampton. Jermain Defoe gets a recall while the Three Lions miss regards Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. England’s shortest priced option in the Bet365 anytime goalscorer market is Jamie Vardy (one of the scorers last March against Germany) who is up at a price of 5/2 with Marcus Rashford and Defoe trading at 11/4. England have gone W3 D2 this season, their last game ending in a 2-2 draw with Spain in a November friendly.
Draw: This is just a friendly with more important games to come up on the weekend, so nothing wrong in backing a draw in the match outright at all in this one. England have done well enough out in Germany in recent visits to suggest that they can stick in there. It may be worth going under 2.5 goals because both defenses look solid enough.
19th March 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
A heavyweight clash for Tuesday night in the round of international friendly games. Germany are just doing what they do and have marched to victory in each of their last five games. Italy hough are a resilient bunch still, even with Antonio Conte having departed in the summer. They are fully embroiled in a World Cup qualification tussle with Spain and they have been scoring pretty freely lately as well. Can they take a win over the Germans? The Azzurri have remained unbeaten in their last three home games against Die Mannschaft. Italy are 13/8 for the win, with the draw at 23/10 and Germany at 8/5.
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This will be the third time that Germany and Italy have met each other this year. They scrapped, well Germany cruised to a win in a friendly between the two back in March, running out 4-1 winners at home. Then they came together in the European Championships in the summer with Germany edging past the tough Italians via a penalty shoot out. That was a gripping encounter and it will be interesting to see if it follows the same pattern, Germany dominating possession, but Italy holding their own through breaks and a stubborn defence. Germany are unbeaten in their last three against Italy, but two of those three have been 1-1 draws over 90 minutes. A 1-1 correct score in this one will return you a price of 5/1 with online betting site Bet365.
Germany are on a five match winning streak at the moment, and during that run of games they haven’t shipped a single goal. Going forward they have returned eighteen goals in those five games. They have some scoring power and it may be worth going over 2.5 goals for the game at a price of even money. The potential is there. Up in the anytime goalscorer market you have Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller around about the 9/5 mark to hit the back of the net. Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings between Italy and Germany and you can back this one to produce a goal at both ends for a price of 5/6. This could be pretty entertaining.
Italy have been scoring well lately with at least three goals in three of their last four matches. You can’t argue with that really although the level of opposition hasn’t been the highest. Italy have gone W3 D1 L1 in their last five games and each of those wins have actually been out on the road, meaning that they have failed to win any of their last two on home soil. While they have faced easy away games, they have gone up against France and Spain in their last two at home, losing heavily against France and then holding Spain to a 1-1 draw in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. The Azzurri have claimed just the one clean sheet in their last five games so again, potential for goals at both ends.
In the anytime goalscorer market Italy have Andrew Belotti at 9/4 favourite with Ciro Immobile and Leonardo Pavoletti at around the 5/2 mark. Italy can boast a pretty strong record against the Germans lately and they have gone W4 D3 L1 in their last eight against them. So that is an interesting layer to this one. It’s hard to read Italy with their loss against France and their draw against Spain recently on home soil. It suggests perhaps that they aren’t going to go out and land the win, but as with the Azzurri they are generally tough to beat and they may be able to stick around there for the draw on home soil.
This should be an interesting game as we know that Italy can generally grind things out and they have a good run of form going against the Germans as well. It is probably just worth leaning towards the draw on this one as it is a friendly. Germany are in good form, but have struggled to get the better of the Italians, but Die Mannschaft really never look like losing too often. A nice 1-1 correct score on this one looks tempting.
14th November 2016 / lee - Category: International Football Betting