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Germany vs. Israel: Live Stream, Start Time, Predictions and More

John McGonigal@@jmcgonigal9Correspondent IIMay 30, 2012

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03:  Miroslav Klose (R) of Germany celebrates victory with team mates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Argentina and Germany at Green Point Stadium on July 3, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
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The German national team will head into tomorrow's friendly against Israel looking to patch up some loose ends and get back on track after being defeated 5-3 by Switzerland for the first time in 56 years last week.

Even though the Germans were without their eight Bayern Munich players, they still put together a strong starting XI with seasoned veterans, such as Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker.

The Israeli side will be looking to put up a fight, as they're coming off a 2-1 loss to a second-string Czech Republic.

Where: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany

When: Thursday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Live Stream: ESPN3.com, ESPNDeportes

Recent History

While many nations have their go-to countries for friendly matches, this pair doesn't hold true to that model, as they've last met in 2002.

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In that match, Israel went up 1-0 in the 27th minute and went into halftime feeling good about themselves with the lead against a solid German club.

However, the second half was all Germany, as they poured on seven unanswered goals to win the contest 7-1.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03:  Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Argentina and Germany at Green Point Stadium on July 3, 2010 in Cape Town, Sout
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The catalyst for the goal spree on the German side was their savvy striker Klose, who will probably start tomorrow. After scoring in the 49th minute, Klose, who is the only player from the 2002 squad still competing with the current team, put home another goal almost simultaneously in the 51st minute.

After that, the Germans never considered conceding the lead, dousing the Israelis with five more goals, one of them scored by Klose in the 64th minute, giving him a hat trick for the day.

Will Bastian Schweinsteiger Play?

The casual soccer fan was introduced to German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger this year when he kicked the game-winner in penalty shootouts to send Bayern Munich past Real Madrid and into the Champions League final.

However, Schweinsteiger isn't a new face at all, having been an integral part of the German national team since Euro 2004 and continues to be the heart of this national team.

With all this being said, Schweinsteiger will again be out for tomorrow's contest with a nagging calf injury. The team's primary set piece-taker and midfield distributor has yet to take full part in the team's training in southern France, but is expected to be fully healthy for group play in Euro 2012.

Can Yossi Benayoun Carry the Load?

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo
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Let's face it: Israel is completely outmatched in this contest and is being used as Germany's punching bag before they head on to Euro 2012.

However, if the game is going to be kept close for a little while, look for Israeli attacking midfielder Yossi Benayoun to be the cause of it.

The Israeli captain has 87 international caps under his belt, only seven short of Israel's all-time leader, and will look to show off his creativity in the midfield.

Benayoun, who spent the past season with Arsenal on loan from Chelsea, has fantastic ball vision and the ability to score crucial goals, something that Israel will desperately need if they want to keep up with the Germans.

Prediction: Germany wins, 5-1.

Although the Germans will be without Schweinsteiger, they should have the majority of their regular starting XI on the pitch considering this will be the last warmup before Euro 2012.

Also, historically, the German national team has never lost a game in which Klose has scored a goal. Taking into consideration Klose will probably net a few, it's a safe bet for Germany to run away with this one and be set up for Euro 2012.

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