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  • Updated: June 14, 2024

Euro 2024: Germany set to shoot down 'Tartan Army' in opener

Euro 2024: Germany set to shoot down 'Tartan Army' in opener

Germany and Scotland get Euro 2024 underway tonight (Friday) in Munich with the first of 51 games and both countries have reasons to believe that the tournament will be a memorable one for their teams.

The Germans are hosting other 23 nations and are hard-pressed to reassert themselves as one of Europe's top sides after disappointing campaigns in recent tournaments and the FIFA World Cup. 

The team is under Julian Nagelsmann, who recently extended his contract with the German Football Federation beyond the tournament.

Scotland qualified for the tournament in impressive fashion and the form of Manchester United midfielder Scot Mctominay was encouraging.

They will also hope that captain Andy Robertson does not suffer any relapse after Monday's scare as he pulled up with a minor injury. Lawrence Shankland also suffered an injury scare in one of their sessions but is hoped to be fit for the game.

The Germans have a full-strength side before tonight's game which is their first competitive match since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with players that shone for their respective clubs in the recently concluded season. 

Experienced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expected to be the first choice for the Manchaaft, while Jonathan Tah will likely partner UEFA Champions League winner, Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the defence.

The Germans are skippered by Turkish-born midfield maestro Ilkay Gundogan who will receive the support of Nigerian-born Jamal Musiala and German double champion, Florian Wirtz.

Arsenal forward Kai Havertz will most likely lead the Germans from the front as he rides on the back of a very impressive season with the Gunners where he was deployed as a false nine in most matches.

Meanwhile, according to an oracle orangutan at Dortmund Zoo, the Germans will win the game against Steve Clarke's men.

The animal named Walter, 35, had been called up to predict top matches in the past including FIFA World Cups, Euros, as well as German and European club competitions.

Allnews.ng's prediction: Germany 3 - 1 Scotland.

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