Germany v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview & Odds | 8th June
Josh Hickens (@Josh_Hickens) previews Friday’s international friendly between Germany and Saudi Arabia and analyses team news, potential line-ups, key stats and facts and more.
Germany v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview & Odds
- Date: 8/6/2018
- Time: 18:30
- Venue: BayArena, Leverkusen.
- Channel: N/A
The current World Champions Germany play host to the 67th ranked Saudi Arabia in their final warm up game before the tournament starts. Germany are the second favourites for the World Cup at a general 5/1 so it is no surprise to see them at such short odds to overcome Saudi Arabia despite them not winning any of their last five games.
Germany, who are number 1 in the world on FIFA’s rankings, comprehensively qualified for the World Cup winning all 10 of their games and finishing with a +39 goal difference. However, since qualification they have played five friendlies, drawing 3 and losing 2. With their latest game seeing a surprising 2-1 defeat at the hands of Austria. The odds suggest they will get back to winning ways here though with Joachim Low expected to pick a strong eleven in preparation for the tournament.
Perhaps, the biggest news coming from the Germany camp this week was the surprise omission of Leroy Sane from the 23 man squad. Sane started against Austria on Saturday and was a key part of Man City’s title winning side.
Saudi Arabia are one of 5 Asian teams qualified for the World Cup and are the complete outsiders of the tournament with 5000/1 on offer in places. They reached the tournament thanks to finishing second in their group in the third stage of Asian qualification. Since qualifying for the World Cup they have been fairly busy for an International team, playing in 13 friendlies and another 3 games during the Asia: Gulf Cup of Nations, all since October of last year. Of those 16 totals games, they managed 6 wins and 2 draws. Their most recent result saw a 3-0 loss to Peru, however the game before they held Italy to just a 2-1 defeat and they will hopeful of a similar performance heading into the tournament.
Boateng looks set to be rested as he continues to work back from injury while Ozil has a knee problem that could keep him out.
Possible Germany Starting Eleven: Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Muller, Goretzka, Reus; Werner.
Possible Saudi Arabia Starting Eleven: Al Mosailem; Al Shahrani, Os.Hawsawi, Om.Hawsawi, Al Harbi; Al Khaibri, Al Faraj; Al Abed, Al Jassim, Al Shehri; Al Sahlawi.
Stats & Facts
- Germany have conceded in 6 of their last 7 matches.
- 4 of Saudi Arabia’s last 5 games have seen only 1 team score.
- Al Sahlawi was Saudi Arabia’s top goal scorer in qualification with 16 goals.
Head To Head
Germany and Saudi Arabia have met three times with Germany winning all three matches by an aggregate of 17-0.
- Germany 1/12
- Draw 9/1
- Saudi Arabia 25/1
Nothing really stands out for me here so it’s a no bet.