Euro 2020’s group of death kicks off on Tuesday when France play Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Group F is an unenviable group with Euro 2020 favourites France, reigning champions Portugal, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and ultimate underdogs Hungary. The teams could beat up on each other during the tournament resulting in just two of the sides making it out of Group F alive.

France reached the final of the 2016 Euro tournament only to be beaten by Group F opponents Portugal. France went on to win the World Cup in 2018 and on paper, Didier Deschamps has the best team in the world.

France are ranked second in the world according to FIFA. Belgium are currently the world’s first place team and they showed it already playing on Saturday in the Euros with a comprehensive win over Russia.

Germany are in a transition phase. Don’t let expectations and the returns of Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller fool you. This team may struggle to get out of the group. Yes, there is a lot of talent in squad, but Joachim Low is leaving the national team following the Euros. Although unbeaten in four of their last five matches, their 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in World Cup 2022 qualifying looms large.

France vs Germany Betting Odds

 

France are on a brilliant run of form with just one loss over the course of their last 13 matches. That defeat came in a shocker against Finland, 2-0, in an international friendly in 2020. Deschamps’ team have won when it has counted. Their only blemish in 2021 was a 1-1 draw versus Ukraine in a World Cup 2022 qualifier. Since that 1-1 draw, France have won four straight matches. Their two prep friendlies for the Euro tournament ended in wins versus Wales and Bulgaria. The French won both matches by identical 3-0 scorelines.

Leading sportsbooks have France at odds of 9/4 to win on matchday 1 of Group F. Germany do have a slight advantage thanks to the game being played in Munich. Low’s side will have the home crowd on their side and it could be an X-fact. Germany go into the fixture at odds of 19/10 to pull off a win versus the French.

Germany have won three of their last five matches. They suffered the previously mentioned 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in World Cup qualifying. The Germans also drew 1-1 with Denmark in a friendly prior to the Euro 2020 tournament kicking off. Low’s side did end their pre-tournament preparation on a high note by thrashing Latvia 7-1.

France lead the all-time head-to-head series versus Germany with a record of 14W-7D-10L. The teams last met in 2018 during the UEFA Nations League tournament. France collected a nil-nil draw and a 2-1 win in the Nations League versus Germany.

France vs Germany Team News

In Deschamps’ attempts to win another major trophy, he has chosen to move slightly away from France’s tried and true formula. Karim Benzema’s return to the international team shows a change in Deschamps’ thinking. Benzema had been told he would never play international football for France again. He is now back after a brilliant season at Real Madrid. He played in the friendlies pre-tournament, missing a penalty.

Deschamps used one of his favourite players Olivier Giroud in the friendly versus Bulgaria with the Chelsea man scoring twice. Giroud could start over Benzema versus Germany. France have an embarrassment of riches and no team at the Euros have a deep squad at the level of France.

How good is this French team? The likes of Bayern Munich centre-back Dayot Upamecano, Lyon’s midfielder Nabil Fekir, and Real Madrid full-back Ferland Mendy couldn’t get into the national team. Deschamps even allowed Manchester City player Aymeric Laporte to change national allegiances to play for Spain.

Low is Germany’s outgoing manager and will want to end his 15 years in charge with another major trophy. Former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick with resume the team’s World Cup qualifying in the autumn. Low’s team have lost their way, but that happens when a manager has spent nearly a decade and a half in charge.

France vs Germany Prediction

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Germany have conceded goals in each of their last three matches. They conceded goals to North Macedonia, Denmark and Latvia. Two of those three matches ended without a victory. Only one of France’s last five games finished with both teams scoring. They have smashed the poorer sides in international football. The last time France faced a “strong” side, they drew 1-1 with Ukraine.

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Giroud may be unable to score goals and play regularly for Chelsea, but Deschamps loves the striker. Giroud returns that love with an incredible strike rate. He has played 108 matches for the French national team scoring 46 times. After scoring twice versus Bulgaria in the team’s final pre-tournament friendly, Giroud could get the starting XI nod over Benzema.

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Group F will be fun to watch with the teams likely beating up on each other. Portugal and Hungary will play the other fixture on Tuesday in Group F. They too could beat up on the three, more favoured sides.

France’s last two matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Germany Saw three of their last five matches end with over 2.5 goals, including their 7-1 thrashing of Latvia. Two of the last three matches between France and Germany dating back to 2017 ended with over 2.5 goals scored.

Germany do have an X-factor going into the game on Tuesday. They are playing at home which gives them a huge boost, especially with the squad not being up to the level of France. The French should win versus Germany in a thriller. In Munich, France should just edge Germany in an exciting game to kick off the group of death.