Hungary provide test as Löw looks to trim Germany squad by two

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Hungary v Germany, kick-off Saturday 7.00pm

Germany manager Joachim Löw only needs to trim two players from his World Cup 2010 squad following a series of injuries, and will use his side’s match in Hungary as a gauge for who the unlucky duo should be.

Löw will also try out Philipp Lahm as captain to replace the injured Michael Ballack.

With such tight competition for places expect a performance from Germany and a bet on the away side to win at 1/2 looks assured.

It’s likely Hungary will give Germany a tougher work out than the amateur team Löw’s side deemed it necessary to this week beat 24-0 though.

In Hungary’s last match they drew 1-1 at home to Russia, but they’re playing at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium this time, a venue where Erwin Koeman’s side have lost three out of their last four.

A 3-0 victory over Malta is largely overshadowed by losses to Romania, Sweden and Portugal. But all of these defeats were by slender one-goal margins, and a similar result tonight looks to be on the cards with Germany winning 1-0 priced at 5/1 and 2-1 at 7/1.

Germany are in unusually capricious form though, having won away to Russia, drawn at home to Finland and Ivory Coast, lost to Argentina and defeated Malta in their last five outings.

With such a recent record it might be worth backing Draw/Away in the half-time/full-time market; it’s a tempting 7/2.

Think Hungary can spring a surprise? They’re 5/1 to beat the 2006 semi-finalists. See the full Hungary v Germany market.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.