Group B Tactics Board
Germany | Austria | Poland | Croatia Republic
GermanyIf it ain't broke, don't fix it. Tournament favourites Germany will be relying on exactly the same adventurous 4-4-2 formula which served them so well in the last World Cup when they finished a creditable third.
Probable line-up - 4-4-2 formation: Lehmann; Jansen, Lahm, Mertesacker, Metzelder; Fritz, Frings, Ballack, Schweinsteiger; Klose, Kuranyi
AustriaNot exactly the host with the most, Austria's record in warm-up games - just one win in the last 14 friendlies - is hardly one to incite dancing in the street.
Probable line-up: 4-5-1 formation: Payer; Prodl, Garics, Stranzl, Pogatetz; Aughauser Leitgeb, Ivanschitz, Fuchs, Samuel; Kuljic
PolandPoland boss Leo Beenhakker made his reputation in the early 1980s in charge of an Ajax team which featured a pair of flying wingers, but the 65-year-old will not be nearly as expansive at Euro 2008.
Probable line-up - 4-5-1 formation: Boruc; Zewlakow, Wasilweski, Bak, Jop; Dudka, Lewandowski, Blaszcykowski, Zurawski, Krzynowek; Smolarek
CroatiaAggressive, cunning and patient are the three adjectives which best tell the story of the fluid 4-4-2 system put in place by Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, whose wild boy exterior hides a very deep football thinker.
Probable line-up - 4-4-2 formation: Pletikosa; Pranjic, Corluka, R Kovac, Simunic; N Kovac, Srna, Modric, Kranjcar; Olic, Petric