Hungary are at the top of Group 3 in the UEFA Nations League and have been in excellent shape this year. The Magyars stunned England with a 4-0 victory in their previous game and will look to achieve a similar result this week.
Germany, on the other hand, are in second place in the group and are yet to hit their stride in this edition of the competition. Die Mannschaft thrashed Italy by a 5-2 margin in June this year and will look to achieve a similar result in this match.
Germany will entertain Hungary at the Red Bull Arena this Friday night as they try to secure a win in front of their home fans.
Germany vs Hungary Head-to-HeadGermany have a slight edge over Hungary and have won 13 out of the 36 matches played between the two teams. Hungary have managed 11 victories against Germany and will look to cut the deficit in this fixture.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in June this year and ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams squandered chances on the day and will need to be more clinical this week.
Hansi Flick will set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to make a few changes to his first XI for this game. Both Thilo Kehrer and Leon Goretzka will play from the start in this game versus the Hungarians.
4-2-3-1 Germany Predicted Lineup To Face Hungary
Manuel Neuer will once again operate in between the sticks for Germany after conceding a couple of goals in his last Nations League appearance. Marco Reus and Julian Brandt have picked up injuries over the past month and have been ruled out of this match. Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka have tested positive for ᴄoⱱι̇ɗ-19 and will not be included in the squad.We can expect Niklas Sule to resume his defensive partnership with Antonio Rudiger at the heart of Flick’s backline as they try to keep the opposition at bay throughout the game.
Thilo Kehrer could fill in as a makeshift right-back while David Raum hopes to give a good account of himself on the other side as the left-back. Flick will instruct both of them to pick and choose their moments to join in on the attack.
Armel Bella-Kotchap will provide cover for the centre-half positions on the bench.
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka will anchor the midfield for the German national team as they look to establish their superiority over the opposition at the centre of the park.
The talented trio of Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller and Jonas Hoffmann, who has enjoyed a good run of form in the Nations League, will play just ahead of them as part of Flick’s attack. Sane has made a decent start to this club campaign and will be expected to be a constant menace on the left wing.
Serge Gnabry will have to be content with a spot on the bench as he waits for his opportunity to impress in the second half if required.
Timo Werner will lead the charge for Germany in the final third. The Red Bull Leipzig forward will have to carry most of the goal-scoring workload for his team on his own up top.
Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala will be named on the bench and might get a chance to come on and impress in the latter stages of the game if Germany are in need of a goal by then.Germany vs Hungary Predicted XI
Germany Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Thilo Kehrer; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Jamal Musiala, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Timo Werner
Hungary Predicted XI (3-4-3): Peter Gulacsi; Adam Lang, Attila Szalai, Willi Orban; Zsolt Nagy, Loic Nego, Andras Schafer, Callum Styles; Martin Adam, Dominik Szoboszlai, Adam Szalai