These two traditional powerhouse in football, France and Germany, will be locking horns for the opening match of the so-called group of death on Tuesday. The World Cup winners in the past two editions will attempt to optimise this clash with a victory. Such is the only way to survive and keep their chance open to progress as the group leader. This classic match is certainly mouth watering one for all.
Both teams’ latest news
The inclusion of Karim Benzema by Didier Deschamps can be tricky as the Real Madrid men has lead to potential discomfort over his comments on his fellow striker, Olivier Giroud. Apart from such issue, Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma is still struggling for a injury recovery, just like Benzema who just picked up an injury in Les Blues’ last friendly match against Bulgaria.
Meanwhile, Die Mannschaft also named two World Cup winner veteran in their squad, Dortmund’s Matts Hummels and Bayern’s Thomas Muller. Joachiem Low seems to need them to aspire his relatively young inexperienced team in the major tournament.
Didier Deschamps tends to be opting for his adaptable 3-4-1-2 formation with the transition to 4-3-1-2. Antoine Griezmann will be the playmaker behind the two forwards, Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Thuram or Olivier Giroud who can be brought on to break the deadlock at the second half.
Joachim Low is likely to employ 3-4-2-1 formation inspired by Thomas Tuchel’s success in the Champions League. Thomas Muller will feature behind Kai Havertz who will be occupying the false nine role with Serge Gnarby or Timo Werner alongside the former Bayer Leverkusen man. The only names who are on the sideline are Leon Goretzka and Gladbach midfielder Jonas Hoffmann.
Players to watch
Barcelona man Antoine Griezmann seems to be thriving more easily in the national team as he is the key man with a number ten role without any other contenders. He netted 37 goals in 91 caps. Some other notable figures in the current squad of Les Blues are still Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea man NGolo Kante, Hugo Lloris and last but not least Paul Pogba.
Die Mannschaft’s expected key men in this summer tournament are Thomas Muller, Serge Gnarby and Timo Werner plus the skipper Manuel Neuer. Another vital name in Germany is the versatile Bayern man, Joshua Kimmich who made his debut in Euro 2016 as the right back, a role he might be deployed again after featuring the defensive midfielder role in Bayern in the past few season.
France vs Germany prediction
It will certainly not be easy to tell which side will be the winner. Joachim Low’s men are playing at their home turf in Munich but France’s strong mentality would not be shaken up easily just by playing away from home. Kylian Mbappe and Co are truly one of the strong favourites of the tournament. Yet, sharing spoils seems more likely here.
As the host, Germany are only backed to win at 45/23, not considerably convincing odds as a favorite. The draw result is at the value of 9/4, which is higher, whereas Didier Deschamps’s men are priced to win at 30/17.