FIH Pro League Preview: Germany v Great Britain

GB v Argentina

Great Britain’s women are back in FIH Pro League action as they face Germany on Wednesday 24 April at Hockeypark in Moenchengladbach.

It’s the first time these sides have met since 2016 and they currently sit level on points so far in the FIH Pro League, watch how the game goes down from 6:30pm BST live on BT Sport. Here’s how both sides have fared so far:

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Young German side looking for consistency 

Having played the fewest games in the competition (4), it’s been a stop-start campaign for the German’s who haven’t played since the start of March and are yet to hit top form.

Germany looked a daunting outfit in their first match, pushing a strong Australia side all the way in a 2-2 draw before being defeated in 3-1 in the resulting shootout.

They backed that showing up with an impressive 3-1 victory over New Zealand, despite going behind in the first minute, to conclude a positive tour of Oceania. 

Their third match in February saw the European side earn another draw on their travels, this time against Argentina. Two quick-fire goals saw the 2016 Olympic bronze medallists take the lead, but the hosts found a late leveller and went on to inflict a second shootout defeat on Germany. 

Germany showed their lack of consistency with a shock 2-1 defeat to China, who were without a win in their previous four FIH Pro League matches. 

Wednesday’s match will be the first on home soil for the German’s who will look to find some form in-front of their own fans.

Captain Janne Muller-Wieland will be a key figure if Germany are to succeed in the FIH Pro League, with 281 caps to her name she has nearly double the next most capped player in the squad.

Germany have one of the youngest squads in the competition with an average age of just under 23 with the average caps per player at less than 50.

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GB eager to win in first European match

Great Britain will be hungry to get a positive result against Germany and take some form into a first FIH Pro League home game against the USA just three days later.

After what was a tough start to the competition, recording two points from three games, Great Britain have found some momentum with a comfortable victory over the USA and, despite not picking up the win, followed it up with another improved performance away to Argentina. 

Due to European away games being limited to a squad of 18 players, Amy Tennant has returned in place of Nikki Cochrane whilst young Lizzie Neal and Alex Malzer also drop out. 

With Wednesday’s match being Great Britain’s last on the road until Thursday 30 May against Belgium, GB will be hoping to pick up points in their upcoming home matches with the aforementioned USA, China, Argentina and Belgium visiting London in the next month.

Giselle Ansley is set to make her 50th Great Britain appearance, the defender has only missed one of a possible 45 for England and Great Britain in a run stretching back to July 2017.

Sarah Evans, Lily Owsley, Hollie Pearne-Webb, Sabbie Heesh and Suzy Petty all made their Great Britain debuts in a three-game test-match series against Germany back in 2013 and will be looking to make an impact in the next meeting. 

The FIH Pro League comes to London for the first time on Saturday 27 April when the USA visit Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. In a competition that’s already featured goals and entertainment aplenty already, don’t miss the action and get your tickets HERE.

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