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Germany vs Scotland Euro 2024 Prediction: Can Tartan Army Upset Hosts on Home Turf?

Germany vs Scotland Euro 2024 Prediction: Can Tartan Army Upset Hosts on Home Turf?

Euro 2024 begins with host nation Germany hoping to start with all three points when they take on Scotland.

Germany vs Scotland Euro 2024 Prediction: Can Scotland upset Germany on home turf?

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Germany would’ve been slightly happy with their group following the draw in December, but some stumbling blocks still exist in Group A. The first comes in the opening match, where Scotland will look to disrupt the party.

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Scotland will aim to start quickly, and this could even see them take the lead, but Germany should prove too strong for their opponents, especially with the rabid Munich crowd behind them. It’s not hard to imagine the German defence being breached. However, the form of Florian Wirtz, Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane should provide enough quality in the final third to see Germany begin their Euro 2024 campaign with a vital three points. A scoreline of 3-1 to Germany seems like a good bet, proving the hosts’ dominance but delivering them a stark warning that they will need to be a more complete unit defensively.

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The opening game of Euro 2024 takes place on June 14, when host nation Germany clashes with Scotland at Fußball Arena München, Munich. 

Germany hasn’t had to participate in the qualification process as the host nation. Still, they played in numerous friendlies over the 18 months to build momentum for heading into the tournament. Most recently, there was a disappointing 0-0 draw with Ukraine and a narrow 2-1 comeback win over Greece. The final preparations were not the most convincing, but Die Mannschaft beat France and the Netherlands in March by 2-0 and 2-1 scorelines, respectively.

Scotland qualified second in Group A in qualifying, losing just one of their eight games (away to Spain). It was an impressive showing from Steve Clarke’s side, with the four points taken especially from Norway. The squad is still a little rough around the edges, but with the best-placed third-placed teams advancing to the knockout stages, there is some optimism that Scotland might progress from Group A. It doesn’t start easily, though, opening the tournament against the German side on home soil.

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There was a resurgence from German players in the final half of the domestic season, with Wirtz returning from injury and finding his form right away and Havertz emerging as a genuine match-winner for Arsenal. There are plenty of attacking options for Julian Nagelsmann, and he’ll need to find a way to get the best out of his younger players. 

Defensively, the German side still looks a little suspect, and much depends on the form of Antonio Rudiger, who has become the lynchpin in a back four that has seen a few changes over the past couple of years. Both full-back positions haven’t had as much consistency as Nagelsmann would’ve liked, with Benjamin Henrichs, Maxi Mittelstadt, Joshua Kimmich and Jonathan Tah all playing at various points.

Meanwhile, Aleksandar Pavlovic has been sent home with tonsillitis and replaced by Emre Can.

Germany’s success in their opening match could come from how well they cope with Scotland’s midfield press. If they can manage that obstacle, they certainly have the attacking players able to break down the Scottish defence.

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Scotland might not have the household names in key positions their opponents will possess on June 14, but a certain industry and togetherness could see Steve Clarke’s side do well.

There were concerns about Robertson’s availability against Germany following his early departure from training this week. However, Scotland assistant John Carter has reassured that there are no worries about the left-back’s fitness.

Scott McTominay may be called upon to present a goal threat, and John McGinn isn’t likely to give up the game at any point, but the team lacks a genuine scorer. Che Adams will take the starting berth after Lyndon Dykes suffered an injury, but he is yet to convince on the international stage fully.

Defensively, Ryan Porteous has emerged as the most important part of the backline, being an ever-present in their qualifying campaign. The defence certainly isn’t rock solid, though and Scotland is expected to line up with five at the back for the most part.

Germany vs Scotland Head to Head

These two nations last met in the classic encounter at Hampden Park in 2015. Germany came out on top in that match, which has become the norm in recent years, with DFB-Team coming out on the winning side the last three times these sides have taken to the pitch. 

Germany vs Scotland H2H
Date Score Ground
07/09/15 3-2 Hampden Park, Glasgow
07/09/14 2-1 Allianz Arena, Munich
10/09/03 2-1 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund
07/06/03 1-1 Hampden Park, Glasgow
28/04/99 0-1 Weserstadion, Bremen
24/03/93 1-0 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

How to watch Germany vs Scotland Live

The first game of Euro 2024 sees Germany take on Scotland and all of the action will be live on ITV1 or STV, as well as online on ITVX or STV Player. 

Every game at Euro 2024 will be shown live on either BBC or ITV, with the two platforms sharing the broadcast rights.