France vs Germany
TUES 15 JUN 2021 – KO 20:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
France vs Germany is the must-watch match of the opening Euro 2020 (21) fixtures. The game will take place on Tuesday 15 June, kick-off is scheduled for 20:00. Fans will be tuning in to watch this fascinating battle between football’s two superpowers.
Didier Deschamps takes his team to Munich for their opening match of the Euro 2020 (21) tournament. The French squad is bristling with talent, and they’re currently joint-favourites with England to win the competition.
France qualified with an enviable record, winning eight games and losing once (Turkey). The currently World Champions will be hoping to add the European Championship to their ever-growing roll of achievements.
Unfortunately, the footballing gods have landed France in one of the most challenging groups. They will face Germany, Portugal and Hungary. Only two teams in each group will enter the knock-out phase, meaning one of the big boys will potentially miss out. Although, the four best third-placed teams go through too.
In many ways, France will probably prefer to take on Germany in the opener. If they win, a path opens for them to stroll into the knock out stages. Their second group match is against Hungary, a game they’ll almost certainly win.
So what are the chances of ‘Les Bleus’ winning in Munich? I say pretty high given recent results. The head to head stats between these two countries tells us that France has dominated recent encounters. Germany has failed to beat France in their previous five meetings.
My prediction for this game is a narrow win for France. The worst outcome for both sides would be a draw, given the teams they’ll face in the next two games.
You can get 15/8 with Paddy Power on France beating the old enemy in Munich.
Germany coach Joachim Löw pulled no punches with his assessment of Group F. “This is a group of death”. It’s hard to argue with that statement! However, to win the Euros, you’ll eventually need to beat a good team.
German fans watching the European Championship Group draw will have suffered a sinking feeling when France was drawn in the same group, but as Angel Merkel is famous for saying, “Wir schaffen das” (we can do it!).
France’s performance against Turkey (2-0 defeat) in qualification will give Germany’s manager Joachim Löw a glimmer of hope that his young team can match Didier Deschamps’ skilful side.
However, preparations for this tournament couldn’t have gone much worse for Germany. In March 2021, they suffered a shock defeat against North Macedonia in a competitive match. It was the first time in 20 years they’d lost a World Cup qualifier. That defeat followed a 6-0 spanking from Spain in the UEFA Nations League just two games earlier.
On balance, this game looks like a tough ask for a German side still trying to recapture the glory days of ‘Die Mannschaft’.
Team news will be updated closer to the kick-off.