The historic rivalry renews as Germany take on Argentina in an International Friendly game at Westfalenstadion, the home of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
Believe it or not, but this will be the first meeting between these two giants after 2014, though, that was match was also the friendly game, coming within two months after Germany pipped Argentina in the final of the FIFA World 2014 at the iconic Maracana.
A lot has changed since that final. Argentina have lost a couple of Copa America finals, and now struggling to remain even competitive these days, while Die Mannschaft are far below the lofty standards they set a few years ago.
It's clear that both these two giants are going through a transition period. But the roster is full of talented young players, loaded with experience as well.
The International Friendly match will be played between Germany and Argentina at Westfalenstadion (Signal Iduna Park), in Dortmund, Germany. The ground has a capacity of 81,365.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Thursday, October 10.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Germany – D W W W L W
Argentina – W W L W D W
Germany Team News:
The hosts will miss a host of stars for the next two games due to different reasons.
Ilkay Gündogan and Toni Kroos and Matthias Ginter all were named by Joachim Low in his preliminary squad but pulled out due to injury issues.
While Julian Draxler (foot), Matthias Ginter (shoulder), Leon Goretzka (thigh), Ilkay Gündogan (muscular), Jonas Hector (muscular), Thilo Kehrer (foot), Antonio Rüdiger (groin), Leroy Sane (cruciate ligament), and Nico Schulz (ankle) all are absent from Low's squad through injuries.
In addition, striker Timo Werner is expected to miss the clash against Argentina as the RB Leipzig hitman is suffering from cold. He should be ready for the UEFA Euroa Qualifier match against Estonia.
While Marco Reus (knee) and Jonathan Tah (cold) face race against time to be fit for the match.
New look Germany:
Germany head coach Joachim Low confirmed that he will be starting Marc Andre Ter Stegen in goal, so captain Manuel Neuer sits out this game.
With Neuer not starting the Reus out injured, Joshua Kimmich is expected to carry the armband here.
While Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar, Freiburg defender Robin Koch and versatile Hoffenheim star Sebastian Rudy, have all been named as a replacement for Ginter, Gundogan and Kroos.
Germany Probable XI:
Ter Stegen (GK), Stark, Süle, Koch, Klostermann, Kimmich, Rudy, Halstenberg, Waldschmidt, Brandt, Gnabry
Argentina FC Team News:
Argentina are not at full strength either and will reply on young players in this international break.
Captain Lionel Messi is still out as he serves a three-game ban due to his outrage at the official in the Copa America.
Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni also left out both Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero from his squad. While the players from Boca Juniors and River Plate are unavailable as both the clubs go head to head in the 2nd leg of Copa Libertadores.
But shorthanded Argentina still have stars!
Joachim Low has been in the job for far too long to know that there's no room for complacency at this level. Not even if the opponents are marred by injuries and other issues.
That said, Argentina still have superstars such as Lautaro Martinez, Angel Correa and Paulo Dybala on their roster. They are the players who can change the balance of the game within a moment.
Argentina Probable XI:
Marchesin (GK), saravia, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Pereyra, Parades, Rodrigo de Paul, Acuna, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
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ARG vs GER Dream11 potential winner:
Germany are favourites to win the game.