International friendly: Predicted Germany lineup to face Brazil

World Cup holders Germany play host to Brazil in an international friendly in Berlin on Tuesday night. Joachim Loew’s side played out an exciting 1-1 draw against Spain during their recent friendly and this happened to be their 22nd straight game without a defeat.

Team update:

Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller have been allowed to return to Arsenal and Bayern Munich respectively after playing the entire game against La Roja. Besides this, Sami Khedira remains an injury doubt to face Brazil after picking up a knee injury in the stalemate against Spain.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Lineup:

Joachim Loew does not like much tinkering at the back and this could witness Marc-Andre Ter Stegen start in goal, barring an injury of any sort. In defence, we are not fancying any chances and thus Bayern Munich pair Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng should feature in the central defensive positions. Fellow teammate Joshua Kimmich should retain his position on the right side of the backline with Jonas Hector on the opposite end.

In midfield, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan could earn a start alongside Toni Kroos with Khedira facing the possibility of missing the game altogether. The former Dortmund ace has been in good form for Manchester City of late and he most recently registered the most number of passes in the history of a single Premier League match.

With both Muller and Ozil unavailable, Loew is likely to offer opportunities to both Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka, who featured from the bench last weekend. Sane is likely to slot into his preferred left wing role with Goretzka on the right whilst Julian Draxler is a strong candidate to slot into the number 10 position.

Timo Werner has been pretty much the undisputed choice to lead the attack under Loew and the German will be keen to impress against Tite’s side. The Leipzig striker has made a strong start to his international career with seven goals from just 11 caps.

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