Germany vs. Armenia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Miroslav Klose  of Germany is congratulated by manager Head Coach Joachim Low of Germany after being substituted during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Germany's World Cup preparations continue on Friday as they welcome Armenia for a friendly match at the Coface Arena in Mainz.

Joachim Loew is expected to field a strong side as he prepares his team for tournament football.

Germany will face Portugal, United States and Ghana in their group at the World Cup and will need to be on top form to guarantee progression from a tricky opening stage. 

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Here is how you can watch this World Cup warm-up match: 

When: Friday, 6 June, at 7:45 p.m. BST (2:45 p.m. ET)

Where: Coface Arena, Mainz, Germany

TV: BT Sport 2/BT Sport 2 HD (U.K. only) 

Live Stream: BT Sport (UK only); ESPN3 (U.S. only) 


Huge Faith in Miroslav Klose

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 30: Miroslav Klose (L) of SS Lazio celebrates with Balde Diao Keita after scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Parma FC at Stadio Olimpico on March 30, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty
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Loew has made a surprise decision for his World Cup squad by including Miroslav Klose as his only out-and-out striker in his final 23-man choice. 

The Polish-born player has been exceptional for his country at previous tournaments but has not set the world alight with his performances for Lazio this season.

The player managed to score seven goals this term in Serie A, per Squawka, with the 35-year-old's best days seemingly behind him.

But Loew has shown great faith in the veteran, although he has the options of Bayern Munich duo Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller as alternatives up front. Indeed, this pair are more likely starters than Klose when Germany arrive in Brazil.

Loew cut the only other striker from his provisional squad: Kevin Volland of Hoffenheim. He was omitted with defender Shkodran Mustafi and left-back Marcel Schmelzer from the final 23.

Loew was sympathetic in his comment when discussing their omissions, per David Kent of the Daily Mail.

He said: "Obviously Shkodran, Marcel and Kevin are very disappointed and I can understand that because they had every right to hope they would be in Brazil. All three are players who still have the chance to take part in several big tournaments in their careers."

Klose and Co. must now reward his decision.


German Formation

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Germany are likely to play a classic 4-2-3-1 formation in their Group G matches in Brazil and they will set up like this against Armenia.

Klose is likely to lead the attack during the friendly after his vote of confidence from Loew, with a sumptuous attacking midfield of Mueller, Andre Schurrle and Marco Reus.

Mesut Ozil did not perform well in Germany's last outing and will likely drop to the bench as Low rotates his squad.

The Bayern Munich pair of Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger should be given the job of protecting the back four.

It is Germany's core which is all powerful, with Loew having an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Like Barcelona in their prime, if Germany can get all of their wonderful midfielders firing all at once they certainly will not need a wealth of strikers.

The Armenia game is an opportunity for Loew to rotate and bed in his tactics before the competition in Group G kicks off, and the match allows him one final chance to decide what his best midfield truly is.