Euro Betting: France vs Germany, June 15th
Group Stage | Group F | Munich
A juggernaut opener in a group of juggernauts. World Cup holders, France taking on fellow European powerhouse, Germany. This classic fixture has been played many times over the years, but usually much later in tournament competitions. Along with current Euro holders Portugal, the importance of a good start will not be lost on either side. Although, France may have an edge, being unbeaten in five matches against Germany (W3 D2), since a 1-0 loss in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, Mats Hummels’ early header settling the contest in Rio de Janeiro.
Les Blues qualifying campaign was a pretty simple one, topping a relatively qualifying group, ahead of Turkey in second. They were however, beaten by Turks in the group.
For Germany, they too topped their group, beating Netherlands to top spot, winning 7 out their 8 games, with the loss being a heavy 4-2 reverse against the Dutch.
Squads and Line-ups
As you’d expect, both squads are filled with quality across all areas. For Didier Deschamps’ men, their expected attacking trident of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Karim Benzema is one of the most dangerous in world football. Benzema was recalled to the French squad after a 5-year exile, and with support like Olivier Giroud, their attacking options really are something to behold.
Behind them, the midfield options are also world-class, with the likes of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Adrien Rabiot and Tanguy Ndombele providing creativity and steel.
For die Mannschaft, whilst not as talented as previous German generations, it is still an impressive and as always, efficient and machine-like squad. They have classy veterans in the form of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels, and a number of classy young charges. From Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, to the rapidly talented Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry. A lot is also expected of Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich, an aggressive midfielder known for excellent passing, shooting, and tackling.
This could be a truly mouth-watering clash.
The French remain unbeaten against the Germans for the past five games. Deschamps’ record against Joachim Low’s Germany is W3 D2 L2, whilst Low’s is W2 D2 L4.
Their five games at final tournaments have ended in two wins apiece and one draw, although that also went the Mannschaft’s way, West Germany winning 5-4 on penalties after their 1982 World Cup semi-final had finished 3-3 in Spain.
In all, France have won 14 of the 31 fixtures played between the two sides, compared to nine victories for Germany. Both Deschamps and Low have been in charge of their respective nations for the past seven games between the sides. A considerable amount and duration for international football.
This is the first time France and Germany have met in the group stage at a EURO or World Cup. It’s usually a big-game fixture in the knock-out rounds, including a number of finals over the past decades.
As defending world champions, France can become the first country to hold world and European titles at the same time twice, having ended Germany’s hopes of doing likewise at Euro 2016 when they beat them 2-0 in the semi-final.
Both sides have regularly featured in the knockout stages of recent Euro competitions, with France as losing finalists in 2016. The two sides are also both multiple winners of the Euros, the French winning twice and the Germans three times.
Will France be weighed down by their ‘favourites’ tag? Will Germany be the ‘tournament team’ they so often are? Which giant will fall?