Germany v Peru Preview

Germany managed a 0-0 draw with newly-crowned world champions France on Thursday and have a chance to register a win in a friendly with Peru on Sunday.

Die Mannschaft looking to rebuild

Joachim Low’s men disappointed at the World Cup in Russia as they exited the tournament in the group stage as defending champions. 

There was little sign of any real response to that poor showing in the opening half against the French in their first game since the summer showpiece but they did improve after the restart, and were arguably unlucky not to claim a win as both Marco Reus and Matthias Ginter came close to breaking the deadlock.

The German defence did at least look solid in the draw with Les Bleus and they should be able to keep Peru at bay on Sunday, with a win to nil 1.74. 

Los Incas also fell at the first hurdle in Russia as they struggled for goals, drawing blanks against both Denmark and France.  Striker and skipper Paolo Guerrero is also missing as his doping ban was reinstated after the World Cup and his absence leaves them looking particularly light in attack.

Germany may not have produced a vintage performance in some time now, arguably since winning the Confederations Cup last year, but they should still have enough about them to down Peru at Hoffenheim’s Rhein-Neckar Arena without conceding.

Recent form a worry for Los Incas

Peru have a solid defence and very rarely do they lose by a big margin.  The last time they lost by over two goals was a 3-0 defeat to Brazil nearly three years ago and they have been beaten just seven times since in a run covering 32 games. 

However, three of those defeats have come in their last four games – with all of those losses coming against European sides – and they may well struggle against Germany.

Peru went down 2-1 to the Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday and Die Mannschaft are a better team than the Oranje. As such they may claim a comfortable if not inspiring victory when these two teams meet on Sunday and 2-0 looks a solid option in the correct score market at 6.00.

Sluggish Germans to come good

In the match specials the draw/Germany result with under 2.5 goals at 6.95 appeals at a big price.  Germany have started sluggishly in their last four games and even though coach Low is likely to make changes for the friendly against the Peruvians.

With Manchester City’s Leroy Sane among those pushing for a start, they may struggle to shake what has been a worrying habit in recent months.

A half-time score of 0-0 pays out at 3.15 and there is every reason to feel Peru can keep the hosts quiet for a large period but for real value backing a draw/Germany result with under 2.5 goals could be the way to go in this friendly encounter.