Two European heavyweights are looking to make a statement in this Euro 2020 Group F opener, as France and Germany meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. The Germans will have home advantage, but the French come into the fixture with the swagger of being world champions.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 15 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see France vs. Germany: ITV
Last time: Toni Kroos put Germany into an early lead from the penalty spot when these countries last met, which was at the Stade de France in the Nations in October 2018. Antoine Griezmann netted a second-half brace though as Les Bleus came back to win 2-1, with the Barcelona forward also netting the winner from the spot.
France v Germany Predictions and Preview
World champions France are looking to extend their impressive unbeaten run against the Germans in a bona fide group of death at Euro 2020. Defending champions Portugal and Hungary are the other two teams in Group F, although the chance of elimination before the knockouts is mitigated by the fact that the four best third-placed teams from the six groups will go through.
Nevertheless, a good start is always beneficial at international tournaments. France will fancy their chances of getting one, on the back of their World Cup success three years ago and recent record against the Germans.
Les Bleus are unbeaten in their last five games against Die Mannschaft, winning three. One of those victories was in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, as France won 2-0 to reach the showpiece where they lost in extra-time to Portugal.
Didier Deschamps’ side have also been in strong form of late, in spite of their surprise 2-0 loss at home to Finland in a friendly last November. Les Bleus have won six of their seven games since, drawing the other, only losing three of their 41 most recent fixtures in all competitions.
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France to win to nil
France to win 2-0
Mbappe to score first
France beat both Wales and Bulgaria by 3-0 scorelines in their two warm-up friendlies for Euro 2020, which was a better return than the somewhat beleaguered Germans. Joachim Low has presided over a couple of devastating results in recent months, as Germany have lost 6-0 to Spain in the Nations League and 2-1 at home to North Macedonia in World Cup qualifying.
Die Mannschaft followed up that most recent defeat with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Denmark in their first warm-up game for the Euros, before a far more pleasant experience in their 7-1 demolition of Latvia.
There isn’t much of a bigger step up for Germany though than playing France here. From Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele to Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Kingsley Coman, the French squad is overflowing with exceptional talent.
The Germans aren’t short of quality either, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan and Chelsea’s Champions League winners Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger all present and correct this summer.
One to watch for France: Kylian Mbappe won the Best Young Player award at the 2018 World Cup, and has finished as the top scorer in Ligue 1 in each of the three seasons since. The Paris Saint-Germain phenomenon is the 19/4 favourite to break the deadlock on Tuesday.
One to watch for Germany: Kai Havertz was the hero for Chelsea in last month’s Champions League final. The 21-year-old will hope to build on his meteoric rise to prominence with a big summer at the Euros, and he is 10/1 to net his fourth international goal with the opener here.
Long shot: Only two of last six meetings between these countries have seen both teams score. France have won three of those six matches, scoring exactly two goals on each occasion. A 2-0 victory for Les Bleus is 12/1 in these France v Germany tips, rising to 86/1 with Mbappe scoring first.