After three 1-1 draws in a row, Hansi Flick’s German side will be looking for their first Nations League win when they face Roberto Mancini’s Italians at Borussia Park on Tuesday at 7:45pm.
Italy: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Acerbi, Bastoni, Biraghi; Frattesi, Cristante, Tonali; Politano, Scamacca, Pellegrini.
Germany: Neuer; Kehrer, Rüdiger, Süle, Henrichs; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Sané; Werner.
Italy (most recent match first): LWLDDW
Germany vs Italy match preview
Can Germany record their first Nations League win? The German team has not been able to convince in the Nations League so far. They are winless for three games and are just one point ahead of bottom-placed England.
The match against league leaders Italy will be important, as Flick must find a way to revive his team and ensure they find the spark they need to defeat the reigning European champions.
Flick will also have one eye on the opening game of the World Cup against Japan on Nov. 23, when the team competes in the Nations League. So the team will be looking to improve its form and gain momentum ahead of the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November.
Can Italy defend first place in the group with a win in Germany?
Italy has made a good start to the Nations League with two draws and one win.
Roberto Mancini has focused on his side overcoming the disappointment of missing out on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to improve their chances of winning the Nations League. Given their mixed performances, Mancini hopes his side can put in their best performance in the second leg against Germany. The opening match between the two teams in Italy ended in a 1-1 draw.
Italy will focus on its tactics to contain the German team’s offensive efforts, especially in front of its home crowd as it looks to defend its position at the top of the group.
Germany is unbeaten in its last five international matches. However, they have only won once in that time, with the rest of the games ending in 1-1 draws.
Hansi Flick’s first win came in a friendly against Israel, which ended in a 2-0 victory as they prepared for the Nations League. However, that victory was followed by four 1-1 draws in a row.
These include a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in an international friendly and draws in the first three Nations League games against Italy, England and Hungary.
The recent 1-1 draw away to Hungary was particularly surprising for Germany as it struggles for its first win of the season.
Roberto Mancini’s Italian side has won two of its last five international matches. The Azzurri have also drawn twice and lost once.
The two victories came in a friendly against Turkey, which ended in a 3-2 win for the Azzurri. The other triumph came in the Nations League against Hungary (2-1), which is the Azzurri’s only win so far in this Nations League campaign.
The draws came in the Nations League matches against Germany (1-1) and England (0-0). The defeat came in the final of the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions against Argentina, which was lost 3-0.
Players to watch out for :
The Sassuolo striker will be crucial to Mancini’s approach to the game if he is to lead the Azzurri’s offence. With Germany expected to dominate possession and the tempo of the game, Italy will look to capitalise on their chances in front of goal.
Scamacca will be crucial in this regard because of his penetrating power.
The Bayern Munich striker is an important part of the German offensive department. His work rate in wide areas is crucial for Flick’s team, which tries to win the ball, press incessantly and put the opponent under pressure. He will play a crucial role in Tuesday’s match against Italy.
Germany is expected to dominate possession and dictate the pace of the game. Italy will play solidly and create danger with quick switching play and medium pressing. Germany will win its first match in the Nations League and consolidate its position in the group.
Our Pick: BTTS
Make sure you place your bet with the best odds on 22Bet