Germany and Ukraine face off in what could be regarded as one of the tougher groups. The world champions are still one of the team’s to beat, but one can never discount a well drilled Ukrainian side.
Mykhaylo Fomenko’s team have won both of their two warm-up friendlies against fellow finalists, beating Romania 4-3 and Albania 3-1. In fact Ukraine have won five of their last six matches, drawing one, with much in demand Dynamo Kyev winger Andriy Yarmolenko scoring in all but one.
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Mykhailo Fomenko’s men only qualified through the playoffs, after beating Slovenia 3-1 on aggregate, after coming third in a group behind Spain and Slovakia. Their biggest problem has been finding a successor to iconic striker Andriy Shevchenko with Yevhen Seleznyov, Roman Zozulya and Pylyp Budkivsky only scoring 15 goals between them.
Germany have a good record in opening matches and have won both of their last two opening World Cup matches 4-0, so they like to get out of the blocks early.
Germany qualified, despite being beaten by both Poland and the Republic of Ireland, and their recent friendly results are anything but world champions standard. In recent friendlies they have been beaten by Slovakia, England, both at home, and Italy. They did beat Hungary and Italy in between, but the Germans usually do reserve their best form for the real thing.
Germany are a well known proposition in international football and many of their stars have been around for a while, but the likes of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil are likely to still lead Joachim Low to the latter stages.
This should be a comfortable victory for the Germans to get their Euro 2016 off to another positive start, and Ukraine will have to be at their best to prevent another opening day mauling.