Germany v France Predictions & Betting Odds – Euro 2016

Germany to contain hosts France

Germany v France Euro 2016

Germany v France Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 7th July

This is a heavyweight clash in the final four of Euro 2016. France will likely be the fresher of the two with them having blitz Iceland pretty comfortably in their quarter final tie. Germany were dragged all the way through extra time and penalty shootout against Italy before booking their spot in the semi final. In what is expected to be a tight battle, will the extra depth and freshness that France have in their squad be a telling factor, or will Germany grind out a place in the Euro 2016 Final?

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Germany v France Betting Tips

Well Germany may have shot themselves in the foot a little bit in their quarter final tie against Italy. They looked in control and with Italy tiring and not offering much, Germany gave away a needless penalty kick, which the Azzurri converted. That sent the game to extra time, something that Germany didn’t need at all as they go forward against the energetic French. That extra 30 minutes may end up being costly for Germany. There are selection problems for boss Joachim Low as well now with the loss of Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez through injury. There are also injury issues for Benedikt Howedes and Bastian Schweinsteiger and on top of that, they have lost defender Mats Hummels through suspension. He was the scorer in a 1-0 win for Germany that last time that these two nations met competitively, which was at the 2010 World Cup. So they are going to have to dig deep to make it through to the final here against the hosts.

This will be the fifth time that France and Germany have met in the finals of a major tournament and overall of the 27 previous head to head games, France hold a 12-9 advantage with six drawn matches. There is nothing to split them in terms of form at the moment, both having posted a W4 D1 record in their last five games and Germany have just shipped the one goal all tournament, that spot kick from Italy. Thomas Muller is a 9/4 option in the anytime goalscorer market for this one, the great German needing to step up to the plate here in front of goal, having yet to ever score a European Championship goal. Beyond him, there isn’t a lot on offer up for Germany and Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler from midfield are around the 4/1 mark to score. Under 2.5 goals in the semi final contest is a quote of 8/15 with Bet365 and you can take a quote of even money on both teams to score in the contest (90 minutes).

France will be buzzing after their semi final victory over Iceland. Granted they had the easiest of the quarter final opponents that they could get, but they still delivered the goods in a 5-2 victory. They were comfortable and simply switched off at the back for the goals they conceded. Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet all scored in the game so that is great scoring confidence to push forward with. Giroud is 21/10 to net in the game with Griezmann at a 9/4 quote. France took a 2-0 international friendly victory over Germany last November, the night of the Paris terror attacks and the French are unbeaten in nine games now. They haven’t really played anyone of note at Euro 2016 to be fair, while Germany have faced Poland and Italy. But France have pace, creativity and goals but they have yet to win a significant match against the Germans. This will be a tough test for the hosts still and while they have scored more than Germany at Euro 2015, the Germans have had more attempts and more attempts on target.

Germany v France Betting Odds

France 9/5, Germany 2/1, Draw 2/1

Germany v France Predictions

This isn’t cut and dry at all, because it is likely to be very tight. Germany haven’t lost an important game against France before in the finals of a major tournament and while they haven’t had the end product, they have created more chances at Euro 2016 than France have. Germany are likely to be tighter than France, but with the space in between France’s backline and midfield there to exploit by Mesut Ozil, the Germans can hold their own and send this to extra time. 90 minute draw.


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