Germany will face Turkey in an international friendly this week at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne.

Club football will take a back seat for the next few weeks as the second international break of 2020/21 begins this week. And one of the most interesting matches of the week will come from Cologne, where Germany will play host to Turkey in a friendly on Wednesday.


The last international break was not particularly successful for Die Mannschaft, as they played two 1-1 draws against Spain and Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League. With the upcoming matches against Ukraine and Switzerland, Joachim Low's men will try to get into their rhythm with a victory.


Turkey, on the other hand, also suffered a difficult return to action last month. Senol Gunes's team lost the first Nations League game 1-0 to Hungary, before drawing scoreless against a ten-man Serbia. With tough matches against Russia and Serbia on the horizon, the Crescent-Stars will be looking to get back on the winning track.


The last time these two teams met was in October 2011, in the UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, with Germany winning 3-1. Ahead of this exciting match coming from RheinEnergieStadion, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.







Team news and tactics

Germany

The Bayern Munich quartet Serge Gnabry, Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka return to the Germany team after being left out of the previous round. However, together with his teammate Niklas Sule and they will only participate in the Nations League matches, as is the case with Toni Kroos, Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Hastenberg.


There are three uncapped players on the team: Mahmoud Dahoud, Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus. Suat Serdar has had to retire from the squad due to injury, while Leroy Sane and Thilo Kehrer are also out. Furthermore, Ilkay Gundogan has not been elected to the team after he recently tested positive for coronavirus.


Low is expected to field a largely second-row team against Turkey. Bernd Leno will likely get the go-ahead in goal ahead of Kevin Trapp. Ahead of him, the coach is expected to put his team into a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Benjamin Henrichs and Nico Schulz likely filling the winger positions, while Robin Koch and Niklas Stark start centering.


Mahmoud Dahoud is in line to debut at Die Mannschaft, occupying one of the two pivot positions in the center of the park. Joining him on Wednesday should be 23-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nobodym Amiri, although Florian Neuhaus is also an option. Julian Draxler is in contention to start at No. 10.


Jonas Hofmann should also make his debut, after impressing with Borussia Monchengladbach at the start of the 2020/21 campaign. It should start on the right flank with Julian Brandt landing on the left. Luca Waldschmidt could get the nod as the only striker ahead of Timo Werner.


Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Henrichs, Koch, Stark, Schulz; Amiri, Dahoud; Hofmann, Draxler, Brandt; Waldschmidt


Turkey

The visitors do not have notable absences facing the international break. The 25-year-old goalkeeper, Gokhan Akkan, is the only player not to play for coach Gunes' team. Turkey is expected to mirror Germany's 4-2-3-1 formation on Wednesday, with Ugurcan Cakir starting between the posts.


The three-time international custodian will seek protection from a bottom line made up of 21-year-old Mert Muldur and Umut Meras as full-backs on the left and right sides respectively, while Caglar Soyuncu and Merih Demiral line up in the center, though Ozan Kabak is also an option.


Former FC Schalke star Kaan Ayhan has been used primarily as a defensive midfielder in the national team setup and that is unlikely to change on Wednesday. He will most likely be joined by Ozan Tufan, with fit man Hakan Calhanoglu as number 10 and looking to create opportunities. Although, Orkun Kokcu, 19, is also an option.


Emre Kilinc and Ahmed Kutucu should be the two open men looking to support star forward and vice-captain Burak Yilmaz in the last third of the field.


Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cakir; Muldur, Soyuncu, Demiral, Meras; Ayhan, Tufan; Kilinc, Calhanoglu, Kutucu; Yilmaz


Prediction

Germany 1-1 Turkey

Germany has had the touch of green in their last meetings against Turkey. However, with Jogi Low set to present a second-row team on Wednesday, Crescent and Stars will be delighted with their opportunities. The Hard Tackle predicts this will end in a close 1-1 draw.







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