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Germany vs Ukraine: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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      Germany vs Ukraine: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

      Germany begin their preparations for the upcoming European Championships with a friendly fixture at home to Ukraine.

      Date: 03/06/24

      Kick-off time: 19:45

      Venue: Max-Morlock-Stadion

      The Germans will be hosting the summer tournament, with plenty of pressure on them to go deep. Following the conclusion of the domestic season, all focus is on the Euros. Having named an initial 27-man squad, manager Julian Nagelsmann will use these friendlies to take a good look at his squad before cutting it down to 26. There are only two Premier League players named in the squad, with Pascal Gross and Kai Havertz being called up, the latter is expected to play a big role following a strong season with Arsenal.

      Ukraine will also be using this game as an important test ahead of the tournament. They qualified via the playoffs with two wins against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iceland. Mykhailo Mudryk of Chelsea and Oleksandr Zinchenko of Arsenal are key players.

      Both teams are in the midst of two-game winning streaks, though Germany have been playing in friendlies exclusively due to qualifying for the Euros as tournament hosts. Defensively, the Germans have struggled, keeping just one clean sheet in their last 12 dating back to March of last year. Ukraine have been successful in front of goal scoring 10 in their last six. They have also kept two clean sheets in this period.

      These two countries have played against each other nine times in history, the first meeting taking place in 1997. Unsurprisingly, Germany have been dominant, winning five and drawing four. The last game between them was in June 2023, which was a 3-3 draw in a friendly. Niclas Fullkrug opened the scoring early, but this was cancelled out by Viktor Tsygankov and they quickly turned it around with an Antonio Rudiger own goal. They made it 3-1, but two goals late from Havertz and Joshua Kimmich ensured that the game ended level.

      Team News


      Toni Kroos and Antonio Rudiger will be unavailable for this game due to their involvement for Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Borussia Dortmund’s Nico Schlotterbeck and Niclas Fullkrug will also be absent.


      Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will miss out due to the Champions League final. Premier League players Oleksandr Zinchenko and Mykhailo Mudryk should expect to play a big part.

      Form Guide


      In their last five games, Germany have won two, lost two and drawn one. As they are hosting the upcoming Euros in the summer, Germany did not have to go through the qualifying process, meaning all of their fixtures have been friendlies. They are currently on a two-game winning streak, their latest victory being a 2-1 win against Netherlands. Their opponents took the lead through Joey Veerman, but they responded shortly after with a goal from Maximilian Mittlestadt. Niclas Fullkrug scored with five minutes to go to ensure a win for the Germans. Another win against France preceded this, in which they won 2-0. Florian Wirtz gave them the lead in the very first minute, before Kai Havertz netted early in the second half.

      Before this was a 2-0 defeat at Austria. Marcel Sabitzer put the hosts ahead just before the half hour mark. Shortly after the restart, Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane saw red, as the visitors were reduced to ten men. They could not overcome their disadvantage as Christoph Baumgartner doubled the lead. This followed another loss, this time at home to Turkey. Havertz broke the deadlock just five minutes into the game. Turkey managed to turn it around before half-time with two goals in the last ten minutes of the half. Fullkrug found the equaliser early in the second half, but then Germany conceded a penalty to win the visitors the game.

      The first game of this run was against Mexico, which they drew 2-2. Antonio Rudiger found the back of the net to put the Germans ahead, but this was cancelled out by Uriel Antuna. Erick Sanchez then turned it around giving Mexico the lead, though Fullkrug made sure parity was restored.


      In their last five games, Ukraine have won four and drawn one. It has been a great stretch for Ukraine as they earned their place in the upcoming Euros. The first game in this stretch was a 2-0 win against North Macedonia in the seventh game of qualifying. It was a fairly even game throughout, which saw Ukraine take a one-goal lead into half-time. Oleksandr Karavayev scored deep in second half stoppage time to seal the win.

      This preceded a 3-1 victory at Malta. They actually went behind early on after a Paul Mbong goal, but hit back before the break through an own goal and Artem Dovbyk penalty. Chelsea winger Mykhailo Mudryk added some insurance late on. The final group game followed and this was a 0-0 draw at home to Italy. This ensured the Italians finished above Ukraine on goal difference, but there was controversy towards the end as the hosts were denied a clear penalty at the death, which would have seen them automatically qualify for the tournament.

      As a result, they had to go through the playoffs to secure a place in the Euros. The first game was against Bosnia & Herzegovina, and they advanced to the playoff final with a 2-1 win. It was a dramatic finish, as they came from behind to win in the final minute. Roman Yaremchuck and Dovbyk scored twice in three minutes to keep their Championship hopes alive. This set up a game with Iceland, which they again won 2-1. Once more they went behind, but equalised shortly after the restart through Viktor Tsyhankov. Mudryk scored the winner with six minutes to go.

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      Where to Watch

      Germany vs Ukraine will be available to watch on Premier Sports 1.