Germany take on Turkey in an international friendly | Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Germany host Turkey on Wednesday in an international friendly as both sides prepare for their next set of Nations League fixtures.

The two countries are winless in 2020 and will be looking to rediscover some form before taking on Ukraine and Russia respectively.

Julian Draxler
Germany faced Switzerland in September | Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

It should be an exciting match with an abundance of star names and top level talent on show for either side.

When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 7 October
What Time Is Kick Off?19:45 (BST)
Where Is it Played? RheinEnergieStadion
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports Football
Referee? Benoit Bastien

Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane is injured and will play no part for Germany | Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Bayern Munich‘s Leroy Sane and Paris Saint-Germain’s Thilo Kehrer are sidelined with injuries and will play no part in this international break, while Manchester City‘s Ilkay Gundogan has not been included due to a recent positive coronavirus test.

It has been reported that Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg and Toni Kroos will play no part in this first game of three in six days, but Joachim Löw still has a vast squad to choose from.

Turkey have no notable absentees with goalkeeper Gokhan Akkan receiving his first international call-up. AC Milan‘s 26-year-old playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu is certainly their man to watch out for after bagging four goals for the Italian giants already this season.

Germany: Leno; Henrichs, Koch, Stark, Schulz; Dahoud, Amiri, Serdar, Hofmann, Draxler; Werner

Turkey: Cakir; Muldur, Demiral, Soyuncu, Meras; Ayhan, Yandas, Kilinc, Calhanoglu, Kutucu; Yilmaz

Turkey drew with Serbia last time out | OZAN KOSE/Getty Images

Germany were left frustrated in their last round of Nations League fixtures after they were held to consecutive 1-1 draws by Spain and Switzerland.

Timo Werner’s opener was cancelled out by a last-minute strike from Valencia’s diminutive full-back Jose Gaya when the Spaniard’s visited at the start of September, before Silvan Widmer repeated the trick for the Swiss a few days later, only this time with half an hour to spare.

Turkey had an even worse set of games after following up a 1-0 loss at home to Hungary with a 0-0 draw in Serbia, despite the hosts having Aleksandar Kolarov sent-off with 40 minutes left to play. The stalemate means Senol Gunes’ side have only won one of their last five matches.

Here’s how the two sides have fared in their last five fixtures…


Switzerland 1-1 Germany (06/9)
Germany 1-1 Spain (03/9)
Germany 6-1 Northern Ireland (19/11)
Germany 4-0 Belarus (16/11)
Estonia 0-3 Germany (13/10)


Serbia 0-0 Turkey (06/9)
Turkey 0-1 Hungary (03/9)
Andorra 0-2 Turkey (17/11)
Turkey 0-0 Iceland (14/11)
France 1-1 Turkey (14/10)

Joachim Loew
Germany should have too much for the visitors on Wednesday night | Lars Baron/Getty Images

Turkey have lost 14 of their last 20 meetings with the Germans and will face another tricky test in midweek.

The packed schedule will mean Löw is likely to experiment with his side, but it should still be too big an ask for the visitors.

Prediction: Germany 2-1 Turkey

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