FIH Pro League Preview: Germany v Great Britain men

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Great Britain’s men’s side will feature again in the FIH Pro League on Sunday 28 April to take on Germany in Moenchengladbach from 1:30pm live on BT Sport, before facing Spain at home on Saturday 4 May - tickets available HERE.

The last time these two sides met was in June 2018 during a test series, the final game finishing with a gripping 5-5 goal-fest. 

Third-placed Great Britain sit one point ahead of the German side despite playing two games fewer and have a far superior win percentage of 75% compared to 44.44%, find out more about the teams ahead of the clash:

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Germany eager to return to winning ways 
Despite taking a fifth minute lead, Germany began their FIH Pro League campaign with a 4-2 defeat to Australia in what was a back-and-forth match.

Following that up with a comfortable 3-1 victory over New Zealand in Christchurch, Germany produced the sort of performance that saw them win bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Their third match in February saw the side travel to Buenos Aires, however, a deluge of rain in an unrelenting storm saw the match cancelled and both teams awarded a point.

In their first European match, Germany put in an accomplished performance as they defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in Rotterdam with an impenetrable defence seeing them past the Dutch side.

Germany then drew 4-4 with Spain in a gripping game that saw four final-quarter goals, including three in three minutes, but went on to lose the shootout 4-3.

In their first home match of the competition, played more than a month after their previous game, Germany surrendered a 2-1 lead to the Dutch, who scored two in the final ten minutes to secure a 4-2 win on Friday evening.

Though Great Britain have looked frightening in-front of goal, Germany have one of the best defensive records in the competition having only conceded 13 goals from six matches with Sunday’s match looking an enticing occasion.

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Clinical Great Britain targeting top spot
It’s been a superb start to the FIH Pro League for Great Britain’s men’s side who sit third with nine points from four games.

Beginning the competition with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Spain, coming back from 4-1 down to triumph in Valencia, GB then thumped New Zealand 6-2 to get off to a flying start in the competition.

The team’s solitary defeat came against 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Australia, in what was a closely-fought battle in Perth.

Belief is flowing through the Great Britain team after blowing away Argentina 5-1 last time out with another entertaining display.

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Two changes have been made to the squad that dismantled Argentina earlier this month with Chris Griffiths and Harry Martin, who is set to make his first appearance in the FIH Pro League, being selected for the European fixture.

Having produced three performances with five or more goals, Great Britain’s attack has been devastatingly effective and holds the best goals to game ratio (4.25) in the competition.

Phil Roper currently sits joint-second in the competition’s top scorers chart with a stunning five goals from just four games.

Victory over Germany on Sunday would see Great Britain move above Australia and Belgium to the top of the FIH Pro League table on win percentage and reinforce their attempts of securing a top four finish for the all-important Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier match.

After that thrilling 6-5 victory in Valencia, watch Great Britain’s men take on Spain on Saturday 4 May in their first ever home FIH Pro League match – get your tickets HERE

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