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Germany vs Scotland, UEFA Euro 2024 – Preview, Prediction, h2h, Team Squads, Predicted Lineups and Match Details

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Germany takes on Scotland in Group A at the Allianz Arena on Friday night to kick off the UEFA Euro 2024. The opening match of the 2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship features Germany, the host country, taking on Scotland. After a recent run of inconsistent results, the home country will be eager to start strong in Group A.

Scotland will want to get off to a fast start, and they might even take the lead, but Germany should be too strong for their rivals, especially with the passionate Munich crowd in their corner. It is not difficult to envision a breach in the German defense. But Florian Wirtz, Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala, and Leroy Sane should be good enough in the closing third to give Germany a crucial three points as they kick off their Euro 2024 campaign. Germany winning 3-1 would seem to be a fair wager, demonstrating the home team’s superiority while serving as a sobering reminder that they will need to play defense as a more cohesive unit.

In his eight games in charge of the German national team so far, manager Julian Nagelsmann has won four of them, including the last four. When selecting his team for the competition, he made some significant decisions and left out several players, including Mats Hummels, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, and Leon Goretzka.

Steve Clarke, the manager of Scotland, will not be deluded by the difficulty of the match his team faces in what promises to be an exciting opening match of Euro 2024.

The mood in Germany isn’t quite as intense as it was at the beginning of the World Cup in 2006, the final major competition held by the three-time European Championships, but a strong showing this summer will surely captivate the country.

A successful March saw hope rise from the abyss after a dismal 2023, in which Germany had been unable to make an impression on the world stage despite being crowned world champions in 2014.

Despite their lackluster performances against Greece and Ukraine before the tournament, Julian Nagelsmann will have a talented team at his disposal, one that is further enhanced by Toni Kroos’ comeback to the international arena. They should perform well in Friday’s curtain-raiser.

To advance to the round of 16, manager Steve Clarke has set a realistic goal of four points for his team, Scotland, who are underdogs in Group A. Despite their disastrous performance in the group stages of Euro 2020, where they only managed one goal, some hope remains for the Scots after their remarkable qualifying campaign. Perhaps they will spring a surprise or two this summer.

Germany, the host nation, will play Scotland in the opening match of Euro 2024 on June 14 at the Fußball Arena München in Munich.

As the host country, Germany has not been required to take part in the qualification process. Nevertheless, during the 18 months, they participated in a lot of friendlies to gain confidence before the competition. The most recent results were a close 2-1 comeback victory over Greece and a depressing 0-0 draw with Ukraine. Although Die Mannschaft’s final preparations were not the most convincing, in March they defeated the Netherlands 2-1 and France 2-0.

Scotland lost just one of their eight games (away to Spain) and finished second in Group A of the qualifying tournament. Steve Clarke’s team put on a strong performance, particularly taking the four points from Norway. Although there is still some roughness on the squad, there is hope that Scotland can advance from Group A as the top three teams advance to the knockout stages. Opening the tournament against the German side on home soil is not an easy task, though.

Germany vs Scotland, UEFA Euro 2024: Preview

Germany and Scotland will face off in a Group A match at the Allianz Arena on Friday to begin the UEFA Euro 2024.

Three years after it was last held, the premier European international competition is back, with 24 teams preparing to play for their nations at UEFA Euro 2024. Germany will play Scotland at the Allianz Arena on Friday in the first game, which originates in Munich.

Germany’s path to UEFA Euro 2024 did not require them to go through the qualification process. During the two years that Die Mannschaft played friendlies, experimentation was key. But given that he took Hansi Flick’s place last year, Julian Nagelsmann hasn’t spent much time with the team. They have, however, demonstrated some encouraging signs; their most recent setback came in a 2023 game.

Scotland proved to be one of the most formidable teams during the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifications. The Tartan Army finished just four points behind La Roja, defeating Spain and only losing once to secure an automatic qualification spot. Additionally, Steve Clarke’s team has gone undefeated in two games this month, scoring twice in each to acclimate for the European Championships.

The most recent match between Germany and Scotland was an intense contest that saw Die Mannschaft win 3-2, with Ilkay Gundogan scoring the game’s winning goal.

With Scotland making their second consecutive appearance at the European Championship, an exciting start to the Euro 2024 competition this summer seems likely. The Scots earned back-to-back qualification for the Euros with convincing wins over Norway and Spain, after missing out on major tournament qualification for more than 25 years.

The Scots should not be underestimated in this opening match or in terms of qualifying from Group A, having only suffered one loss in their final eight games played. The Scots will be hopeful that they can finally break their first-round curse at major championships, grouped with Germany, Hungary, and Switzerland. In their twelve prior major tournament appearances, Scotland was unable to advance past the first round.

In the first game, of course, they will be put to the test as hosts Germany looks to win all three points to start their competition.

The Germans have had a difficult few years and are severely lacking in consistency. Ten of the 17 games played between September 2022 and November 2023, under the leadership of Julian Nagelsmann, saw Germany lose. But consecutive friendly wins over the Netherlands and France have raised expectations for a powerful showing this summer.

Germany is the third favorite going into this competition, behind England and France, despite having a home advantage. The host country needs to step up if they want to win a major championship for the first time since 2014. They have only won three of their last ten home games.

Despite Scotland’s poor performance in 2024—Steve Clarke’s team has lost their last seven games—their strong qualifying record indicates Germany should expect a challenging match in this exciting opener.

Germany vs Scotland, UEFA Euro 2024: Team News

Germany

A new roster problem is impeding Julian Nagelsmann’s preparations for his team’s opening game of the UEFA Euro 2024. One player has been left off the squad by Germany’s head coach ahead of the match against Scotland.

Emre Can will take Aleksandar Pavlovic’s place in the quadrennial tournament as the young midfield player. Throughout UEFA Euro 2024, Borussia Dortmund will serve as a backup midfielder.

Against Scotland, Germany will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in front of Manuel Neuer, who will start in goal as usual. Maximilian Mittelstadt, Jonathan Tah, Joshua Kimmich, and Antonio Rudiger should make up the backline.

In terms of the midfield group, Robert Andrich ought to start next to the departing Toni Kroos, who wants to make the same kind of impact with Germany that he did with Real Madrid. Captain Ilkay Gundogan will start at No. 10 again, with Florian Wirtz, Kai Havertz, and Jamal Musiala rounding out the final three positions.

In the latter half of the domestic season, there was a comeback from German players, with Havertz emerging as an actual match-winner for Arsenal and Wirtz coming back from injury and finding his form straight away. Julian Nagelsmann has an abundance of offensive options at his disposal; his challenge will be to find a way to bring out the best in his younger players.

The German team’s defensive performance still appears questionable, and a lot hinges on Antonio Rudiger’s play, who has solidified his position as the star of a back four that has undergone some changes in recent years. With Jonathan Tah, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Henrichs, and Maxi Mittelstadt all playing at different points, Nagelsmann hasn’t had as much consistency at either full-back position as he would have liked.

As a result of tonsillitis, Aleksandar Pavlovic was sent home, and Emre Can took his place.

How well Germany handles Scotland’s midfield press will likely determine how well they perform in their opening match. They have attacking players capable of penetrating the Scottish defense, provided they can overcome that challenge.

Scotland

Steve Clarke has a new problem to deal with before the trip to the Allianz Arena, just like his counterpart in the German dugout. Stuart Armstrong, the head coach of Scotland, may be missing one player on Friday due to his inability to shake off an injury.

When Scotland lines up in a 3-4-2-1 formation in front of Angus Gunn to face Germany, he is an automatic pick between the sticks. Grant Hanley, Kieran Tierney, and Jack Hendry should be in the center defensive unit.

The two wing-backs, captain Andrew Robertson and Anthony Ralston will try to have an impact on both ends of the field. Regarding the midfield unit, Billy Gilmour—who impressed during UEFA Euro 2020—and Callum McGregor are the players to watch.

John McGinn, who will provide a goal threat with his surge into the final third, and Scott McTominay will resume their advanced roles from the central areas. Ultimately, Che Adams will start for Scotland as their central striker against Germany.

Although Scotland may not have the well-known players in the pivotal positions that their rivals will have on June 14, a certain work ethic and cohesion could help Steve Clarke’s team succeed.

Robertson’s early departure from training this week raised questions about his availability against Germany. John Carter, the Scotland assistant, has reassured that there are no concerns regarding the left-back’s fitness.

The team lacks a true scorer, but Scott McTominay might be needed to provide a goal threat and John McGinn is unlikely to give up the game at any time. Lyndon Dykes’ injury will force Che Adams to start, though he hasn’t quite proven himself on the global scene.

Ryan Porteous has become the most vital member of the defense, playing a key role in their qualifying campaign. Although the defense isn’t particularly strong, Scotland is generally expected to start with five players at the back.

Germany vs Scotland Head-to-Head (h2h)

Scotland and Germany are playing each other in a major tournament for the third time. In their two prior meetings, the Germans prevailed 2-1 in the 1986 World Cup group stages and Euro 1992 (2-0). 

In that Euro 1992 match, Scotland actually had more shots (21 to 19) than Germany, managing 2.39 xG to Germany’s 1.9, but it was the eventual runners-up, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Stefan Effenberg, who crossed the finish line.

Actually, Scotland has only triumphed over Germany in one of their previous thirteen matches (D4 L8), and that came in an April 1999 friendly against Bremen in which Don Hutchison scored the only goal (0-1).

The historic match between these two countries took place at Hampden Park in 2015. That match ended in a Germany victory, as has been the case in recent years, with the last three times these teams have played, the winning team being DFB-Team.

Germany vs Scotland H2H Record (Last Five Games)

  • Germany: 3 wins
  • Scotland: 1 win
  • Draws: 1
  • Last meeting: Scotland 2-3 Germany (7 September 2015) – Euro 2016 qualifier

What time does Germany vs Scotland kick off?

  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Stadium: Allianz Arena
  • Date: Friday 14 June
  • Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
  • Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
  • VAR: Jerome Brisard (FRA)

When does the Scotland vs. Germany match begin?

On June 14 at 9:00 p.m. local time, this Euro 2024 match will begin at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

This is how that time is equivalent in some of the most important regions in the world:

DateKickoff time
USA/CanadaFri, Jun. 143 p.m. ET
USA/CanadaFri, Jun. 1412 p.m. PT
UKFri, Jun. 148 p.m. BST
AustraliaSat, Jun. 155 a.m. AEST
IndiaSat, Jun. 1512:30 a.m. IST

How to watch Germany vs Scotland on TV channel and live stream

This is how you can watch the Euro 2024 match in a few various areas of the major regions across the globe:

TV channelStreaming
USAFox Sports NetworkFubo, FOX Sports app/website, ViX
CanadaTVA Sports, TSN 1, TSN 4TVA+, TVA app/website
UKITV1, STVITVX, STV Player
AustraliaOptus Sport
IndiaSony Ten 2, 3JioTV, Sony LIV

Germany vs Scotland, UEFA Euro 2024: Prediction

Match between Scotland and Germany have mostly gone in one direction, despite frequent close calls. The hosts’ recent performances in Munich, though, are nothing to write home about. With a 4-2 victory over Portugal at UEFA Euro 2020, they have only won one of their last five games in Munich (D3 L1).

Scotland, on the other hand, will challenge the hosts since they have scored goals in the majority of their previous games. Nonetheless, they have displayed a weak back end, which Germany ought to exploit on Friday. But before sealing a 2-1 victory at the Allianz Arena, Die Mannschaft will put up a fierce fight for the three points.

The home team in Munich, home advantage, and a struggling Scotland squad all work in the host country’s favor. The data strongly suggests Germany will be good for the win here, having won three of their last four games, going undefeated in their previous four, and long overdue an outstanding performance at a major finals. When you consider that Germany has scored several goals early in games lately, the HT/FT option appears to be one of the better value options for this opening match of Euro 2024.

With the entire world watching, Germany should have far too much quality for Scotland, so it’s difficult to predict anything other than a victory in the opening match of Euro 2024.

On Friday, Clarke’s team will be hoping to maintain pressure and either counterattack Germany or create opportunities with set pieces, but they may be in for a difficult evening.

While March gave optimism that Germany would have a successful home Euros this summer, their preparation games revealed that Nagelsmann’s team is still a work in progress as he looks for the right balance.

As the competition goes on, the hosts might be a team that gets better.

However, Germany should be able to easily defeat a resolute Scotland team that will be happy to settle for a point in front of their home supporters. Although Clarke’s team is unlikely to win in Munich, the Scots could take advantage of Germany’s defensive transition weakness.

The hosts would eventually find a way through as the game was coming to a close.

Germany vs Scotland, UEFA Euro 2024: Team Squads

Germany Team Squad

Antonio Rüdiger, Benjamin Henrichs, Chris Führich, David Raum, Deniz Undav, Emre Can, Florian Wirtz, Ilkay Gündogan, Jamal Musiala, Jonathan Tah, Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz, Leroy Sané, Manuel Neuer, Marc-André ter Stegen, Maximilian Beier, Maximilian Mittelstädt, Niclas Füllkrug, Nico Schlotterbeck, Oliver Baumann, Pascal Groß, Robert Andrich, Robin Koch, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Waldemar Anton.

Head coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Scotland Team Squad

Andy Robertson, Angus Gunn, Anthony Ralston, Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor, Ché Adams, James Forrest, John McGinn, Kenny McLean, Lawrence Shankland, Lewis Morgan, Liam Kelly, Grant Hanley, Greg Taylor, Jack Hendry, Kieran Tierney, Liam Cooper, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Porteous, Ryan Christie, Ryan Jack, Scott McTominay, Scott McKenna, Stuart Armstrong, Tommy Conway, Zander Clark.

Head coach: Steve Clarke

Germany vs Scotland Predicted Lineups

Germany predicted lineup vs Scotland (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Mittelstadt, Rudiger, Tah; Andrich, Kroos; Gundogan, Musiala, Wirtz; Havertz.

Scotland predicted lineup vs Germany (3-4-2-1): Gunn; Hanley, Hendry, Tierney; McTominay, Ralston, Gilmour, Robertson; Christie, McGinn; Shankland.

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