Germany vs Scotland Euro 2024 Opener

Germany has struggled to keep a clean sheet, conceding in 12 of their last 14 international matches. Scotland, on the other hand, has only managed one win in their last nine outings, often allowing two or more goals. Interestingly, Germany has a perfect record in the three matches Toni Kroos has played since his return, with the team scoring exactly two goals in each of those games. Kai Havertz has been in fine form as well, scoring four times in his final five matches of the season and continuing his streak against Greece last week.

As Euro 2024 commences, Germany hopes to recreate the optimism of their 2006 World Cup campaign. Julian Nagelsmann has been tasked with revitalizing the team after Hansi Flick’s departure, achieving three victories in four games with Kroos playing a pivotal role.

Despite their recent uplift, Germany continues to battle defensive frailties. They were caught off guard by Greece in their last warm-up match, which highlighted ongoing issues in their defensive setup, despite Kroos’ contribution to their build-up play.

Scotland travels to Germany with a poor recent record and defensive concerns, compounded by the absence of their preferred right-backs, Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson. This may present a particular challenge as they face a potent German attack, featuring Havertz, Florian Wirtz, and Jamal Musiala.

The match promises goals, with Germany’s attacking prowess set against Scotland’s defensive vulnerabilities. Despite Scotland’s potential to score, particularly through their left-flank activities with Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson, Germany’s overall quality should see them secure a victory in a match where both teams are likely to score.

Betting tip – Germany to win and BTTS 5/2

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