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Euro 2020: Germany vs France Preview and Predictions

Bertrand Traore

The world of football will be all set to witness two of the most successful sides in Europe going against each other as Germany takes on France to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign.

It will be a clash of titans in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night as 2014 World Cup winners will take on the 2018 World Cup winners. The so-called group of death will in the Euro 2020 tournament be on its way with the collision of two European giants.

It will be fascinating battle to watch as both the teams will look to gain some momentum early on in the tournament by winning their first match in the competition.

Germany vs France: Match Preview

Didier Deschamps’s side will be coming into this tournament as the runners up in the last edition. France are also one of the favourites to win the tournament this year. The Les Bleus will be full of confidence coming into this match, winning both of their warm-up matches. Looking at the current form of France one can say it is very difficult to beat them. In the last six matches, France have won 5 and drawn 1. In addition to that Les Bleus are on a current run of 4 in a row victory.

On the other side of the turf is Germany, who are looking a little shaky. Talking about the FIFA World Cup 2018, the Die Mannschaft were not even able to qualify for the knockout stages. It was also one of the biggest shocking moment of the tournament. While looking at the current form of the Germans, nothing can be said for sure. They have won 3 lost 2 and drawn 1 in their last 6 matches. Moreover, they had yet another shocking moment in the world cup qualifiers when they lost to North Macedonia, who are currently ranked 62 in the FIFA men’s ranking.

However, Joachim Loew side will be coming into this match with a 7-1 victory over Latvia in the pre-tournament warm-up match. Loew, who’s been at the helm of affairs since 2006, is set to leave after the tournament. While Germany will be hoping to give him a memorable send-off.

All eyes will be set on the Allianz Arena as two of the most prolific nations in the world of football collide. Germany and France are placed in Group F alongside Hungary and Portugal. Both the teams will be looking to win their initial games as it will surely set them off on the path of Knockout stages.

Team News:

It was a key moment for the France national team when Karim Benzema had to come off early against Bulgaria last Sunday. However, the Real Madrid man is reported to be training normally after shaking off that knock. And thus, he is available for the crunch match.

The Chelsea man Kurt Zouma will be the only injury concern for France with a minor unspecified issue. Apart from Zouma, everyone is available for selection for the Les Bleus.

Talking about Germany, they might miss the service of Leon Goretzka, who continues to work his way back from muscle problems. Apart from that, Jonas Hofmann will also not be available for selection as he is out with a knee injury.

Germany probable starting lineup:

Manuel Neuer; Matthias Ginter, Matts Hummels, Antonio Rudiger; Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Robin Gosens; Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller; Serge Gnabry.

France probable starting lineup:

Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot; Antoine Griezmann; Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema.

Scoreline Prediction:

The attacking power at Germany’s disposal makes a France clean sheet seem somewhat incomprehensible. However, France are more dangerous in attack than the german side and less vulnerable in defence. Looking at the current form it seems to be as France will win this win as it may end Germany 1- 3 France.

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