Germany vs Ukraine. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Germany will host Ukraine in the International Club Friendlies match at Weserstadion in Bremen. The fixture will take place on Monday, June 12, beginning at 21:30 IST.
What can we expect this Monday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Germany News & Current Form:
The German national team have been in clear decline for several years and their performance has been disappointing. After a poor UEFA EURO 2021 campaign, the German management decided to sack Joachim Löw, who had been in charge of the team since 2006.
Unfortunately, the results did not improve with the appointment of former FC Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick. The DFB Team managed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup without any problems, but in Qatar, the future hosts failed. Having failed to progress out of their group (Japan, Spain and Costa Rica), they failed to make the play-offs for the second time in a row.
Already having qualified to host the next UEFA EURO 2024 with 12 months to go, Germany began their friendly campaign in March with a 2 – 0 win over Peru and a 2 – 3 home defeat to Belgium. A bright game in attack pleased many. The team finally got an effective center-forward, Niclas Füllkrug. The SV Werder Bremen striker scored three of the team’s four goals. Remarkably, the last game could have ended in big trouble, but the injury of Leon Goretzka, which prevented him from completing the first half, was not serious.
The German national team, host of the next European Championship, will now be forced to play friendlies while everyone else qualifies. Hans-Dieter Flick has been given time to painlessly pick up the squad, try out new players and overcome the crisis that has prevented the Germans from performing well in previous tournaments.
It is also worth noting that, despite the friendly status of the matches, Flick took a cautious approach to experimentation. Eight regulars started both matches in the starting line-up. There were only two debutants: Kevin Schade from Brentford FC and Josha Vagnoman from VfB Stuttgart. The Germans assembled a very similar squad for the June games.
The game against Ukraine will be the Bundestim’s 1,000th in its history. In that time, the Germans have become one of the most titled teams in the world. They have won four World Cups and three UEFA Championships trophies (a record, compared with Spain). Of the 999 matches played so far, the team have 578 wins, 214 losses and 207 draws.
Germany have a series of warm-up games on the calendar. This month’s games are also scheduled against Poland (June 16) and Colombia (June 20). The hosts will play without Bayern Munich striker Serge Gnabry (ankle problem), and may also be without Timo Werner, who picked up a foot injury in the DFB-Pokal final when RB Leipzig faced Eintracht Frankfurt.
This means that Werder striker Niclas Füllkrug, who finished the 2022/23 season as one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga with 16 goals, could get an extra chance. In addition, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan and FC Inter Milan player Robin Gosens will join the team later, after participating in the UEFA Champions League final. Hansi Flick will have to do without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is recovering from a long-term injury.
Player Niclas Füllkrug about the honor to play in German national team:
“It’s really cool. The match-worn shirts are going to be auctioned off after the game, and the DFB have come up with something special there. Of course, the money will be donated to Ukraine through the DFB charities. The auctions will run until next Sunday. It’s a cool shirt, and there will never be any others like them. We’ll be delighted to get a good sum of money from it.”
“Of course, it’s a special game for me at the Weserstadion. I hope there will be a few Werder fans there too. I’m pretty sure that the spectators will get to see a good game – it will be a great feeling to drive along the riverside to the stadium and walk out onto the pitch with Germany’s eagle on my chest. I lived inside the ground for five years as a youth in the academy, so this is a very special occasion for me.”
“You can choose your club, but your national team is one that you have to fight for the honor of playing for over your entire career. It’s all about playing for your nation, and that fills me with a huge amount of pride. The fact I’m able to experience this is so special.”
Ukraine News & Current Form:
The Ukrainian side, currently 16 places below the upcoming opponents in the FIFA rankings, continue to lead a nomadic existence, which only exacerbates the current ten-game unbeaten streak against top-ranked teams.
Having booked a place in the 2022 World Cup tie, Ukraine qualified for the first round of the play-offs with a 1 – 3 win over Scotland in Glasgow. In the last leg, however, the Blues suffered a 1 – 0 defeat at the hands of Wales.
In March this year, Ukraine started their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a logical 2 – 0 defeat to England. In that match, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka scored goals for the British. In general, England got a deserved win in that game. The English scored 2.21 xG, while Ukraine scored 0.14 xG, without once hitting the opposition’s net.
By the way, the upcoming game will be the first for the national team under the leadership of Serhiy Rebrov, who recently signed a partnership with the national team. The former head coach of FC Dynamo Kyiv with whom he has won the Ukrainian Premier League twice, as well as played in the play-offs of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League, has finally completed his job in the UAE.
He has come to train the national team, to which he has been called up for a number of years. He badly needs a friendly win before games against Northern Macedonia and Malta (on 16 and 19 June respectively).
At the press conference, the coach said that he would have preferred to have ten substitutions in this match rather than six. However, they should rely on what they have. And there should definitely be a rotation of the squad, because it is almost impossible to play three games in a week in a quality way. Against Germany, they can field those on whom Rebrov will count less in the games with Northern Macedonia and Malta.
Furthermore, the Ukraine national side have an absolute winless streak against Germany, with the Blue and Yellow losing their last game at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig in November 2020 by a score of 1 – 3. The new coach said he would try to break that curse in the games against the Bundestim.
The team has an obvious problem with the squad, most notably the absence of the injured Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal FC, 8 goals in 53 games). This is a very painful loss in the center of the pitch for the national team. Roman Yaremchuk (Brugge KV, 13 goals in 43 games) will be absent too, but in the forward position, Artem Dovbyk ( FC Dnipro, 6 goals in 15 games) and Vladyslav Vanat may also play.
There also might be a chance for Nazariy Rusyn, who was called up due to the absence of Yaremchuk. Chelsea FC forward Mykhailo Mudryk (0 goals in 7 games) is also included in the squad, as well as defenders Ilya Zabarnyi (AFC Bournemouth) and Vitalii Mykolenko (Everton FC).
Germany form guide: W-L-D-W-W-L
Ukraine form guide: W-D-L-W-D-L
Germany vs Ukraine Head-To-Head Record:
- November 11, 2011: Ukraine 3 – 3 Germany (Club Friendlies);
- June 12, 2016: Germany 2 – 0 Ukraine (UEFA EURO);
- October 10, 2020: Ukraine 1 – 2 Germany (UEFA Nations League);
- November 14, 2020: Germany 3 – 1 Ukraine (UEFA Nations League).
Germany vs Ukraine Predicted XI:
Germany possible starting lineup (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Ginter, Rudiger, Schlotterbeck; Henrichs, Kimmich, Goretzka, Raum; Sane, Musiala; Fullkrug.
Ukraine possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Trubin; Konoplya, Svatok, Matvienko, Sobol; Sydorchuk, Stepanenko; Tsygankov, Malinovskyi, Mudryk; Dovbyk.
Statistical preview of the match Germany vs Ukraine:
- Germany are victorious in their last 3 games against this opponent.
- In the last 5 games, Germany have conceded an average of 1.60 goals per game and scored an average of 2.00 goals per game.
- In the last 5 games Ukraine have conceded an average of 1.20 goals per game and scored an average of 1.20 goals per game.
- It will be a momentous occasion for Germany, as the team will play its 1,000th international match.
- Of the 999 matches played to date, Germany have won 578 (58%), drawn 207 and lost 214.
- Ukrainian striker Andrey Yarmolenko scored three goals in 18 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund in the 2017/18 season.
- Germany are ranked 14th in the FIFA rankings, while Ukraine are 30th.
What has been said before the match:
Coach Hansi Flick ahead of the club friendly match and Ilkay Gundogan:
“We’re playing against a country where there is a lot of hardship, but we’re looking forward to the game, because we know they are a team who can play good football. We also want to do our bit so that everyone sees a fun game.”
“We’re happy to have such a wealth of players. We’re in a process ahead of the EUROs, and we want to make use of these three games and take some points of improvement out of them. We’re playing a new formation, which is obviously not easy for the players, but we’re expecting the players to go past their limits and even suffer a bit. From now until June 14th 2024, every international game is for us to find our starting XI at the EUROs.”
“When push came to shove, Ilkay Gundogan was always there. He put in some top performances in the biggest, most decisive games. We’re delighted for him, but you have to take your hat off to Inter Milan for their performance. I texted Ilkay on WhatsApp to congratulate him, and he thanked me – we’ll all give him big congratulations when he arrives at the camp.”
Newly appointed coach of Ukrainian national team Serhiy Rebrov about his team’s objectives for the nearest future:
“First of all, it is very important for our team to prepare for the official matches. For Ukraine, the result of any game is important, but now we do not have much time. We will see this game as a preparation for the official matches.”
“I told the players that we must give people emotions, support them. And demonstrate our character tomorrow. This game is not an official qualifier, but it is important to show your character. We show that Ukraine is alive and we are playing football.”
“We all would like to qualify for the Euro. We have a tough group. For me, the most important thing is that we represent Ukraine at the European Championship. Believe me, the team will do everything in every game. For me it is important to concentrate on every game, to score points.”
“We have three games now. We have called up enough players – almost 27.I think we have enough competition in all positions to prepare adequately for the games.”
“Currently, many of our players are not getting the playing practice that we deem satisfactory. Therefore, we create competition in each position to see what the players can do when they come to the Ukraine national team. We will see their condition in the training process. At the moment I can’t tell you who will play in the starting lineup for this or that match. We need to start working, and then we will decide who is ready to play in the upcoming matches.”
“Unfortunately, for the match against Germany, we can use only six substitutions, while it would be good to use ten. But as it is. I think this friendly game is very important for our countries. For Germany, it is their 1000th match. It is a pleasure for us to play against such an opponent.”
Germany vs Ukraine Prediction:
The game’s friendly status suggests that both teams do not need to be hung up on the result, and therefore the opponents can play a little sharper, more relaxed and try to gift the fans some goal-rich football.
And the scoring desire may come from both sides. While Germany’s attacking performance should be top-notch, the Germans’ defensive mettle is limited due to their relative immaturity and lack of inner core which is typical during a generation change. And the visitors can take advantage of it.
Serhiy Rebrov, meanwhile, has no reason to sit back in defence; he needs to try aggressive options and test the capabilities of his charges against strong opponents.
Besides, even if we exclude the emotional connotation of the match — Germany are seeing 3.6 goals scored on average over the last 10 games. As for Ukraine, the figure is 2.3. So the teams will at least produce a match total of 2.5 at Weserstadion.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: both teams will score and the match total will be over 2.5 – Yes.