Germany v France Preview & Prediction: Euro Cup 2016 Semi-final!

France’s campaign for Euro glory is in full swing. On Thursday, 7 July 2016, they will be meeting World Champions Germany, one step behind the finale.

This is France’s chance at taking avenge for their World Cup 2014 quarter- final defeat to the hands of Germany. Germany on the other side, play to create history. Not to forget, they are the King of penalty shoot-out.

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Germany v France Match Schedule

Germany will face France in this final knockout round on 7 July 2016 at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The proceedings will begin from 8pm UK time onwards.

Germany & France: The Euro Fact Sheet

  • France posted a remarkable win in Quarter- final against Iceland by thrashing the opponents 5-2 in an exciting game.
  • The German team has a tough job at hand in terms of selection of playing XI because Mario Gomez is already missing out on action due to injury, and Mats Hummels was suspended earlier. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are the two players whose availability is still under doubt.
  • French side is relieved in this department as they will be proceeding further intact. In fact, rather good news is that two of their crucial players, Adil Rami and A’Golo Kante will be back to the squad after being relieved.
  • En route to the last four in Euro Cup 2016, France have registered some really amazing wins including Romania (2-1), Albania (2-0), Switzerland (match drawn at 0-0), Republic of Ireland (2-1), and Iceland (5-2 in Quarter-finals).
  • The team Germany’s journey to the last four includes victories over Ukraine (2-0), Poland (match drawn at 0-0), Northern Ireland (1-0), Slovakia (3-0), Italy (1-1 in 90 minutes’ game, extending to penalty shoot-out for 6-5 win).
  • Joachim Löw and Co boast of the best defensive side amongst semi- finalists as they have conceded just one goal in the UEFA Euro this year.

Germany v France Preview, Prediction & More…

Germany

Low’s World Champions have played throughout the tournament really well. They have scored goals in all areas but, Toni Kroos has been the man behind the superb victories in midfield. Ozil is another excellent player. In fact, it was Mesut Ozil’s scoring goal that actually broke the standstill in Quarter- final against Italy.

While France has been performing rock-solid in the past of couple of games, the German side has been rather slow. Even against Italy, they had to go for penalty shoot-out to get the job done. On way to reserving a spot in finale, Germany must have full control of their core strength of penalty shootout.

Starting Line-Up of Playing XI for Germany

Kimmich, Howedes, Can, Draxler, Muller, Neuer, Boateng, Hector, Kroos, Gotze, Ozil

France

The hosts have made a slow and steady progress to this level in the tournament. Beginning with the opening night match against Romania, it was Payet’s late stunner that overcame the hurdles. Such was the scenario in earlier games… However, it was the match against Iceland that actually witnessed the best of hosts. Coach Deschamps’s team has high winning odds considering they have Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba, two amazing football players. Payet’s decisive goals and strong front line of the pairing of Griezmann and Groud can together turn out to be the match winning strategy for hosts.

Ever since the tournament started, France has been slightly sluggish in the starting. It is the need of the hour that they change this approach in the best interest of their side.

Starting Line- Up of Playing XI for France

Sagna, Evra, Giroud, Koscielny, Matuidi, Pogba, Kante, Lloris, Rami, Griezmann, Payet

Germany & France Head- to- Head: Stats Speak!

Germany might be the World Champions eyeing a clean sweep of major tournaments, but records suggest that in their previous 27 clashes on-field, France lead the scoreboard with 12 wins whereas Germany has 9 victories to their credit. However, as far as finals are concerned, Germany have two victories in their kitty, France have one and a draw. The most recent win was scored by Germany in FIFA 2014 Quarter-finals (1-0).

The home team last won a friendly match against Germany in November last year by 2-0. Alongside Italy and Spain, France holds record of having won a EURO Cup trophy as hosts previously in the year 1984.

Germany v France Semi- final: Betting Prediction

Going into the second Semi- final of Euro Cup 2016, the team France is much more confident, composed and well- drilled in their performance. They are very much aware of the fact that they will be playing a very tough opponent but, the hosts surely stand a chance. As for Germany, a regulated team effort is all they need to bring the trophy back home. The factor of being a home team also favors France. Even if it’s a small margin, it is expected that France will register a much- deserved win to make it to Euro Cup 2016 final.

Final Prediction: France

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