Spain vs Germany Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Nov 15, 2020, 1:15 PM GMT
Timo Werner has been in fine goalscoring form of late
Timo Werner has been in fine goalscoring form of late | RONNY HARTMANN/Getty Images
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The battle for Nations League glory is hotting up, with Spain and Germany set to face one another in Seville on Tuesday in a winner-takes-all clash in Group A4.

Spain missed a golden opportunity to move one step closer to their first ever finals appearance after the normally ever-reliable Sergio Ramos missed two (two!) penalties against Switzerland.

They'll need a win at home to leapfrog a resurgent Germany side, who have responded well to criticism of head coach Joachim Low and who are yet the experience the honour of gracing the Nations League's final stages.

It might be baffling to see a somewhat meaningful footballing clash between two European heavyweights in the middle of November, but fear not, 90min have you covered with a preview of what should be an engaging crunch match...

Where to Watch

When is Kick Off? Tuesday 17 November
What Time is Kick Off?
19:45 (GMT)
Where is it Played?
Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla
TV Channel/Live Stream?
Sky Sports Football (UK), fuboTV (US)
Referee?
Andreas Ekberg

Team News

Ansu Fati has been the most high-profile absentee for Spain during this international break, with the teenage prodigy pulling out of the squad after being forced to undergo knee surgery.

Barcelona supporters will have had even more concern after Sergio Busquets appeared to pick up a knock against Switzerland, while Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal also remains sidelined with a knee injury of his own.

Ansu Fati, Sergio Reguilon
Fati will be an enormous miss for Spain | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Germany also have a few injuries to deal with - Marcel Halstenberg and Thilo Kehrer both withdrew from the squad on account of fitness problems, star man Joshua Kimmich has a meniscus tear and will be out of action for a while and goalkeeper Oliver Baumann has been forced to quarantine after several coronavirus cases at his club, Hoffenheim.

Indeed, Low has seen his options severely reduced during this international break, with Kai Havertz also quarantining and Julian Draxler battling with a quadriceps complaint.

Predicted Lineups

Spain: Simon; Bellerin, Ramos, Torres, Gaya; Merino, Koke; Torres, Ruiz, Oyarzabal; Morata.

Germany: Neuer; Ginter, Tah, Koch, Rudiger, Max; Neuhaus, Gundogan; Sane, Gnabry, Werner.

Recent Form

Though life has generally been good for Spain under Luis Enrique, they've experienced a minor wobble recently. Not only did they fall short against Switzerland on Saturday, but in the last round of internationals they suffered their first defeat in two years after David de Gea blundered against Ukraine.

Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane
These three have formed a pretty decent partnership... | Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Germany, by contrast, could quite possibly be a team on the up again after a long period in the wilderness following the disastrous 2016 World Cup campaign. After failing to win their first six Nations League games, Die Mannschaft now have seven points from three matches in the competition and three wins in their last four matches.

Here's how the two sides have been getting on recently...

Spain

Switzerland 1-1 Spain (14/11)
Netherlands 1-1 Spain (11/11)
Ukraine 1-0 Spain (13/10)
Spain 1-0 Switzerland (10/10)
Portugal 0-0 Spain (7/10)

Germany

Germany 3-1 Ukraine (7/10)
Germany 1-0 Czech Republic (10/10)
Germany 3-3 Switzerland (13/10)
Ukraine 1-2 Germany (11/11)
Germany 3-3 Turkey (14/11)

Prediction

They might be ageing, they might be injury-ravaged, and they might have an aversion to playing anything resembling a traditional number nine, but Spain is still the proverbial 'difficult place to go' and it's hard to see a youthful Germany side with defensive issues pick up a barnstorming win.

Unai Simon
Will Unai Simon be Spain's new number one? | Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

That said, Germany don't actually need one here - all that is required is a solitary point for them to qualify for the finals - and while they might not fancy themselves to nick a win, the counterattacking side will feel that they are more than capable of a cheeky point.

Prediction: Spain 1-1 Germany

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