Germany and France meet in the most interesting matchup of EURO 2020 so far. The two last World champions will face one another in Group F, the “Death group” as many would call it, because of its tremendous quality. Besides these two nations, we have the reigning EURO champions, Portugal, and Hungary who plays their matches at home in Budapest in front of a full-capacity crowd. As you see, the margin for error in this assembly is virtually non-existent, and every event is like a finale. These two teams are steaming from confidence and being perfectly straight with you; we can’t wait for the kick-off.
France (+170) has the best individuals in this EURO besides Portugal. Mbappe, Griezmann, Kante, Pogba, Varane, etc. All these guys are the elite of today’s football, and once you look at the starting eleven, everything is clear why we say something like this.
Their head coach Deschamps is perfectly guiding this crew, keeping the chemistry at a high level while also managing to eliminate egoistic urges. After all, Deschamps is among the most successful players of all time when looking at the number of trophies and achievements in his career.
The Gauls are playing hard and physical football. They don’t have some appealing play style but tend to close all the paths towards their goal and then strike from the counter-attack and hit the rivals. Of course, when you have Mbappe and Grezmann, everything is much easier.
Germany (+175) isn’t as dominant as before but can still destroy every team in the world. Head coach Joachim Low brought back some of the elder players who announced their retirement from the national team, as he felt that they still have a lot to give and fill in a few gaps on the pitch. Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels are a part of that group as well.
Die Mannschaft is not lethal as before, and that is mostly because they don’t have a target man in the box, but Timo Werner, who isn’t fitting in their style of play. It doesn’t mean that Germany isn’t efficient as before, but simply the potential and the effectiveness of their midfielders is not as evident as before. They are packing chances, but there aren’t as many goals as before.
The defense is also shaky, but once big competitions start, Germany is a completely different team than outside the same. The humiliation from the 2018 World cup in Russia will only motivate them more in this case.
All French players are healthy.
Goretzka won’t play for Germany.
Head to Head Matches
Last year these teams played in the UEFA Nations League. The contest in Germany ended 0-0, while France won in Paris, 2-0. Germany didn’t beat France since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
This is going to be a cautious game, with both teams waiting for the rival’s mistake. As said, the margin for error in this group is very, very small, and it is better to win one point than to risk attacking all three and staying without anything in the end. Because of that, we predict a low efficiency, under 2.5 goals, with the odds at -125.
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