The Euro 2016 games are about to kick off, and you could cut the tension with a knife! Everyone is waiting for the first game of France vs. Romania on Friday, and there’s a ton of speculation going around. Which teams will make it to the finals? Who will win Euro 2016? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. In the mean time, let’s talk about some of the Euro 2016 predictions. One interesting game will no doubt be the one happening on Sunday, June 12 between Germany and Ukraine. Who will win Germany vs. Ukraine? There are some Germany vs. Ukraine predictions that have been milling around, which we’ll get into. Based on the Euro 2016 standings, we’ve got some pretty interesting predictions.
Germany vs. Ukraine Predictions
Germany vs. Ukraine will go head to head on Sunday, June 12, at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole in France. The favor is on the German side as they are one of five teams anticipated to compete for the winning title. They are favored 4/1 to lift the trophy on July 10, just behind France who have a 3/1 chance of winning the prestigious title. They qualified for Euro 2016 by finishing just above Poland in Group D, along with the Czech Republic.
The team is lead by 56-year-old Joachim Low, who has been managing the national team for 10 years and succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann for the post. He has a decent record in the competition and is looking to win the title that he lost in 2008 when Germany was defeated by Spain 1-0 and in 2012 when the team lost to Italy 2-1 in the semi-final.
Although many key players retired after their triumph in 2014—such as Per Mertesacker, Phillipp Lahm, and Miroslav Klose—many stayed on, and the squad now boasts the talented Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, and Manuel Neuer.
Ukraine will have a pretty tough time beating Germany since the team has such an impressive line up. Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira are two of the greatest midfielders in the game, and they’re set to knock Ukraine out of the park. There’s also Mario Gomez, who is a center-forward who’s been on fire in the Turkish league. He scored 26 goals in 33 appearances for Besiktas this team, so he’ll definitely have his game face on. One major downside, though, is Marco Reus’ injury, due to which he missed out on the World Cup two years back.
The Ukrainian team, despite not being favored here, could give the Germans a tough fight. Ukraine is ranked number 19 worldwide but is considered one of the best teams in the tournament and is anticipated to meet Germany in the knockout rounds. Manager Mykhaylo Fomenko has some exceptional talent up his sleeve. For one he has Sevilla’s Yevhen Konoplyanka as a strong left winger and Dynamo Kyiv’s Andriy Yarmolenko as a right winger. For the midfield position, Fomenko has placed Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taras Stepanenko, who has a well-held attacking reputation. One downside to the team is its defense. Germany has strong firepower, and if they can’t amp up their defense on that side of the pitch, it’ll be looking pretty bleak for Ukraine.
Although the games are a time for people coming together and cheering on their favorite teams, some of the players are still on alert after the Paris terror attacks. Defender Jerome Boateng, who is a central figure for the Germans, says he has banned his family from coming to support him because he thinks the possibility of a terror attack is too high.
“On the one hand, of course it’s sad that you have to deal with such issues. On the other hand, many things have happened that make you. I for one just want to concentrate on the football at the European Championship, and I feel better if my family is not sitting in the stadium,” he said.
Well, whatever the fears may be, we’re hoping that they’re cast to the side so everyone can enjoy a fun and exciting tournament.