Euro 2016: Germany vs Poland preview, predicted line-ups and match prediction

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Germany will be looking to make it two wins in two on Thursday night when they take on Poland in their Group C clash in Paris.

Two years on from winning the World Cup in Brazil, Joachim Low’s men will be hoping to add the European crown to their collection, and got off to a decent start with a 2-0 win over Ukraine last time out.

It wasn’t the most convincing of victories, with Bastian Schweinsteiger adding a late second to add gloss to the result, and Low will naturally want to see improvements.

Meanwhile, it was also a winning start for the Poles who overcame Northern Ireland, and this meeting now sets up an interesting clash between Robert Lewandowski and many familiar faces.

Having been the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga in two of the last three years, the talismanic Polish international will be under pressure to inspire his side to an unlikely win on Thursday night.

After being shackled in the opening game, he will have a point to prove this time round with Arkadiiusz Milik undoubtedly likely to be crucial in Poland’s ability to win the game too.

Lewandowski and Co. will go into this clash in good spirits, having ended a 18-match winless streak against their rivals with a 2-0 win in Warsaw in qualifying.

However,  the Germans won the return fixture 3-1, while Poland will look for their first win over their upcoming opponents at a major tournament, with three losses and one draw previously as well as having failed to score in any of those encounters.

Low has a potential selection headache as Mats Hummels is expected to be back in contention after suffering with a calf injury, while Mario Gomez could be in line to start after Mario Gotze struggled.

As for Poland, Wojciech Szczesny is ruled out with a thigh injury, with Lukasz Fabianski set to replace him between the posts.

Possible line-ups

Germany: Neuer; Höwedes, Mustafi, Boateng, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Götze

Poland: Fabia?ski; Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, J?drzejczyk; B?aszczykowski, Krychowiak, M?czy?ski, Kapustka; Milik, Lewandowski.

Prediction: Germany 2-1 Poland. The Germans could struggle again in this one and it would come as no surprise if Lewandowski gets off the mark by causing teammate Jerome Boateng all sorts of problems. However, they should have enough quality in their side to eek out another closely-fought win.

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