Germany v France Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 4th September
Tom Kelly (@1TomKelly) previews Germany v France and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Nations League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Germany v France Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 06/09/2018
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Allianz Arena
- Channel: Sky Sports Football
This will be the first set of international fixtures since the World Cup this summer and both teams certainly have a point to prove. These two nations experienced varying success in Russia this summer, with France going on to win the tournament whilst Germany finished bottom of their group and suffered shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.
The Germans, who will be playing on home soil, will certainly be looking to return to winning form following this summer’s disaster. Furthermore, Manchester City winger, Leroy Sane, has been reinstated within the German national team despite being controversially left out of the squad that travelled to Russia.
In addition to this, as you will most likely be aware, Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil, will not feature for the German national team for the foreseeable future as he recently took the decision to retire from international football.
On the other hand, the spirit within the French camp couldn’t be any higher. After their recent summer success, the French side will be looking to replicate this level of achievements within the Nations League. Joining Germany and France within Group A1 will be the Netherlands, a side that haven’t featured at an international tournament since 2014.
Tottenham and French shot-stopper, Hugo Lloris, has been ruled out for the fixtures against Germany and the Netherlands due a thigh problem. Therefore, Didier Deschamps has called up Benjamin Lecomte as his replacement and this will be his first international cap should he play.
Although Mesut Ozil will not feature for Germany, Sane will be re-entering the frame and possibly making his return to international football.
Potential Germany Starting XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Goretzka, Muller, Reus; Werner
Potential France Starting XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Mbappe, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud
Head To Head
- The last time these two nations came up against each other was in the latter months of 2017, which resulted in a 2-2 draw. Prior to this, France defeated Germany 2-0 during the EURO’s of 2016.
Key Stats & Facts
- Germany haven’t defeated France on German soil since 1987, when the country was considered to be West Germany.
- Germany – 29/20
- Draw – 12/5
- France – 9/5
France will almost certainly leave the Allianz Arena with a win, based upon their recent success and Germany’s current struggles. However, I believe Germany will enter this fixture focusing on defensive solidity but, at some point, France will find a way through with the likes of Griezmann and Mbappe in the side. Therefore, this will be a low scoring fixture.