The finalists of the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup will be confronting one another at the Westfalenstadion in what shall be a tasty affair.
Argentina and Germany are going through a transition as global dominance seems to have shifted to news footballing nations ever since 2014.
Date- Thursday, October 10
Kick-Off- 12:15 AM (IST)
Germany Team News
Germany will be missing out on the services of Toni Kroos in midfield. The 29-year-old sustained an injury in Real Madrid’s win against Granada at the weekend.
Ilkay Gundogan is expected to take Kroos’ place in central midfield and could be partnered along with Joshua Kimmich.
Ter Stegan can start in front of goal in spite of the controversy surrounding Manuel Neuer.
Sule and Tah are like to be the centre back pairings for the former World Champions.
Serge Gnabry’s four-goal thriller versus Tottenham is likely to place him up at the forward line alongside Timo Werner.
Argentina Team News
Talisman, Lionel Messi is not a part of the squad due to suspension which he received due to his comments post-Argentina’s exit in the Copa America.
Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria haven’t been included in the squad either but will be replaced by Paulo Dybala, Roberto Pereyra, and Erik Lamela.
Mancunian neighbours, Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Rojo are likely to pair in central defence.
With Sergio Romero not available, Marchesin is the possible candidate to keep between the sticks for Argentina.
Germany- Ter Stegen; Klostermann, Sule, Tah, Halstenberg; Gundogan, Kimmich; Gnabry, Reus, Brandt, Werner
Argentina- Macrchesin; Foyth, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Paredes; Pereyra, Dominguez, De Paul, Acuna; Martinez
In the last 13 games between the two nations, it’s Argentina who has had the upper hand with five wins, five draws, and three defeats, in contrast to Germany’s three wins, five draws, and five losses.
However, Germany got the knock out blow as they beat Argentina in the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Serge Gnabry has been in red hot-form this season, with the 24-year-old scoring five goals in nine appearances for Bayern Munich. Out of which, four of those goals were against Tottenham in the Champions League.
Gnabry has scored five goals for Germany as well in his first senior 10 international matches and has scored thrice in his last three appearances for Germany.
For Argentia, Lautaro Martinez can make a difference in the pitch. The Inter-Milan striker scored one of the faster goals for his club against Barcelona in the Champions League fixture.
Martines has also managed to register five goals in his last seven games for the Argentines.
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