Euro 2016, semi-final: France v Germany – Preview and betting tips
Venue: Stade Vélodrome
Date: Thursday, July 7
France take on Germany in the second semi-final of Euro 2016 on Thursday. There is no doubt as to whom the crowd will be rooting for in this high-octane clash.
Considering the quality of players in both squads, fans can expect a thrilling contest in Marseille.
Germany come into this match on the back of penalty shootout win against Italy. France on the other hand easily brushed aside Iceland’s challenge.
Joachim Loew’s has plenty of problems as Matt Hummels, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Mario Gomez will not feature in this game. While the defender is suspended, the trio is out injured.
There is good news for Didier Deschamps as Adil Rami and N'Golo Kante will be back to the squad after serving suspensions.
At full strength, the world cup winners held a slight edge over the hosts. With key players injured however, there is nothing to choose between Germany and Les Blues.
Possible starting line-ups:
Germany XI: Neuer; Howedes, Boateng, Hector; Kimmich, Draxler, Kroos, Hector; Müller, Özil; Götze
France XI: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Mangala, Evra; Kanté, Matuidi; Pogba, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud
Under 2.5 goals in match
Germany to win in extra time
France 1-2 Germany