Germany - Hungary preview: Can the Germans end their awful run of friendly results?

Will die Nationalmannschaft end their preparations on a high?

Germany - Hungary preview: Can the Germans end their awful run of friendly results?
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It's the final test for both Hungary and Germany before the two teams head to France for the 2016 European Championships. Both countries will be eager to conclude their friendly match-ups positively as the real challenges come in just over a week. 

Hungary hungry for success

Hungary have qualified for the competition for the first time since 1972, in which they made their last appearance in the tournament. It will be the country's first major tournament in a long time having failed to qualify for the World Cup for over three decades.

Former Borussia Dortmund defender, Bernd Storck is the man responsible for Hungary's long awaited qualification. The German will be hoping to upset his home nation tomorrow evening as his team travel to Gelsenkirchen for the contest against the World Champions. 

Hungary are unbeaten in their previous five matches as a team, however three of these are draws. Based on their recent form, it is clear that the Hungarians are struggling in front of goal, scoring just four goals in their previous five games.

On the other hand, they have managed to keep three clean sheets, and their opponents tomorrow are in desperate need of goals. 

A night to forget v Slovakia. | Source: Zimbio
A night to forget - Slovakia. | Source: Zimbio

Germany look to end abysmal run

Joachim Löw will be praying for a win tomorrow, following his team's diabolical run of form in recent friendly matches. In their previous game, the Germans were defeated 3-1 by Slovakia despite taking the lead early on. Whether it is a case of complacency following their World Cup win in 2014, the Germans just haven't seemed to have reached top gear since their win in Brazil. 

After resting many key players for the Slovakia match, Löw will be expected to play his strongest possible team in final preparations for the Euros. It would be a massive upset for Germany should they struggle to find their feet at the competition; another reason as to why Löw must treat tomorrow's game as something far from a friendly affair. 

Team news

As stated, Germany will be expected to field their strongest line-up tomorrow after resting the likes of Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller last week. Mats Hummels and Bastian Schweinsteiger are close to full fitness, but have been told they will have to wait for the Euros to make an appearance. 

Predicted line-ups

Germany: Neuer; Hector, Rüdiger, Boateng, Mustafi; Can, Khedira; Kroos, Özil, Müller; Gomez.

Hungary: Kiraly; Korhut, Guzmics, Lang, Kadar; Gera, Nagy; Dzsudzsak, Kleinheisler, Nemeth; Priskin