It was a contrasting summer for two of Europe’s heavyweight nations as France claimed football’s ultimate prize in Russia. Meanwhile, defending champions Germany suffered grave embarrassment, finishing bottom in a group with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea and will hope to put this miserable experience behind them when Les Bleus visit in this titanic Nations League opener.
Where and when: Allianz Arena, Munich – 6 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Germany vs. France: Sky Sports Mix
Last time: The countries played out an entertaining 2-2 draw 10 months ago in Cologne. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring before Timo Werner equalised after the break. The Frenchman struck again but Les Bleus couldn’t hold on as Lars Stindl netted in injury time.
Germany vs. France Predictions and Preview
Die Mannschaft boss Jogi Low will expect an immediate reaction from his beleaguered troops after their dismal showing in Russia. The four-time winners were outthought and outclassed in their first fixture against Mexico and were fortunate to scrape a last-minute winner against Sweden in the following clash.
Despite the poor opening performances, it was the defeat against South Korea which truly sent shockwaves across the world stage and a victory against the nation that usurped them as world champions would be the perfect tonic. The hosts are 6/4 to chalk up maximum points while Marco Reus is 13/2 to open the scoring.
|Both teams to score||4/5||Offer|
|Germany to score a penalty||8/1||Offer|
|France to win 2-1||9/1||Offer|
Travelling party France are priced at 7/5 to come away with the spoils and the starting line-up is likely to comprise of the history makers that topped Croatia 4-2. Didier Deschamps will task Antoine Griezmann with firing Les Bleus to glory in Munich and the Atletico forward is 4/1 to open proceedings first.
Strike colleague Kylian Mbappe is not far behind in the first scorer betting at 11/2. In Mbappe, France have the standard bearer of the post Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi era, and the devastating Parisian is only going to get better. The teenager shot to fame for Monaco, helping his former side win the Ligue 1 title but truly announced himself to worldwide viewers in the exhilarating 4-3 victory against Argentina in Russia. Mbappe, who is not 20 until December, could conceivably play at another four World Cups and this also applies to a host of others in this youthful France squad.
One to watch for Germany: Kai Havertz. The highly rated youngster received his maiden call up to the senior side and will be looking to impress. The Bayer Leverkusen starlet is 10/1 to bag the final goal.
One to watch for France: Ousmane Dembele has started the new season brightly with Barcelona after a troublesome first year at Camp Nou. The speedster is 11/4 to register anytime during the showdown.
Long shot: Low still has a very accomplished group of players at his disposal and the final scoreline will be telling. Germany need a favourable result if they are to give themselves the best possible chance of advancing to the next stage of the competition and can be found at 20/1 to triumph 3-1.