The black and yellow boys at bwin.com have boosted Germany’s price to beat Poland from 17/50 to 2/5 and for those punters looking forward to some post-Premier League/ pre-World Cup international action on the goggle box, here’s five Die Mannscahft hopefuls to watch out for.
Volland is one among the multitude of attack-minded midfielders currently available to coach Joachim Low – four appear here alone – although the 21-year-old has been nominally listed as the only other centre-forward in Germany’s provisional 30-man squad alongside Miroslav Klose.
Hoffenheim have benefitted to the tune of 11 Bundesliga goals and four assists from the as-yet-uncapped Bavarian’s 31 starts this term.
The first of three Schalke under-21s to make this list is by far the most experienced Die Konigsblauen youngster likely to feature against Poland, having made ten appearances already under Low, scoring once in a 4-3 friendly defeat to USA.
Draxler is a near certainty to make the final 23, but needs a strong showing against the Poles if he is to edge past the likes of Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller or Andre Schurrle in his coach’s first-team thinking.
Freiburg’s most saleable asset has been the subject of reported interest from Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal, although Borussia Dortmund have emerged as his most likely summer destination.
Ginter only made his Germany debut as a late substitute in their last match against Chile, but the highly rated centre-half could sneak into Low’s World Cup squad with a strong showing in Hamburg.
Much is expected from Schalke’s diminutive wunderkind, who made 30 Bundesliga appearances this season despite only turning 18 in December.
Low recently said of the attacking-midfielder:
“I’ve liked Max Meyer for many weeks now. He’s technically very strong, has no hang-ups and he’s going to go a long way.”
Schalke’s other uncapped teenage sensation has been compared to new international teammate Gotze and Michael Ballack, which is high praise indeed considering Goretzka only made his Die Konigsblauen debut in August.
The 19-year-old is also known for his attack-minded play, but has the potential to operate in a deeper midfield role – similarly to Bayern Munchen’s Toni Kroos – and that versatile edge could yet see him make the plane to Brazil this summer.