Germany and Spain meet on Friday night at the Esprit Arena – home to Tipbet’s partner club Fortuna Dusseldorf – in what is a major friendly match ahead of the summer’s World Cup. The two teams won the 2014 and 2010 competitions respectively and are widely regarded as two of the strongest squads and among the favourites to challenge for the trophy in Russia.

The game offers both managers the opportunity to experiment with tactics against high-class opposition as they will both expect to advance from the relatively straightforward groups that they were drawn into. Germany are in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea and they should get through to the last-16 with ease.

Joachim Low has named a strong squad for this friendly, combining experience and youth as he fine-tunes his final 23 for Russia. Timo Werner has 18 goals for RB Leipzig and may be given the chance to add to the seven goals that he has already scored for Die Mannschaft. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos are midfield options.



Spain have arguably the most complete squad for Russia 2018 and have real quality all over the pitch. This is in contrast to 2014 when they were eliminated in the group stage. There is a fresher feel to the last tournament and David de Gea – arguably the best keeper in the world – is now their undisputed No1.

A slight worry is scoring goals, as Alvaro Morata was left out of Julen Lopetegui’s squad following poor form for Chelsea, and Diego Costa has managed just six goals in 16 appearances for the national team. Marcos Alonso could make his debut at left-back.

Though this is an international friendly match, Friday’s meeting is covered by Tipbet with extensive odds markets. There are 99 to choose from and Germany are marginal favourites. The home team can be backed at 2.40, though Spain’s strength means that they are good value at 2.90. Neither team has been beaten since Euro 2016, so it will be fascinating to see if that run ends on Friday night.

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