Time: Tuesday, June 15th 22:00 (Group F)
The World Cup holders face Germany at the Allianz Arena in their first opening match with France showing excellent form during the qualifiers. Entering this match, they are one of bookies’ favorites to lift the Euro 2020 championship cup. Die Mannshaft are set to cause problems for France having lost to them in all previous Euro tournaments. The two heavy weights will each try to take an opening winning during the group stages with both showing a strong team appearance with popular names being called on to play at the Euros. Let’s take a deep look into teams squads, form, head to head and Predictions.
France have never lost a major away match against Germany with three wins and 2 draws with the last encounter ending in goalless draw in 2018 at the Allianz Arena). This will be the 6th meeting between the French and the Germans, but this will be the both teams first meeting in the group stages. Under the tutorship of manager Didier Deschamps if the Blues side wins the Euro 2020 championship, he will go down in history as the only manager to have won both the World Cup and Euro tournament as a coach and former national team player. Antoine Griezmann has scored 4 goals against Germany the highest a France player has scored. In major tournament, the France team has faith in Griezmann, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and their goal stopper Hugo Lloris.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan
Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso.
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram.
Team form: WWWWD
Injured/doubtful players: Lucas Hernández and Antoine Griezmann, are the named doubtful players to start.
The host nation have never lost their Euros opening matches with 7 wins and 5 draws. Joachim Löw is leading the German side in their 13th UEFA Euro championship tournament. The veteran German goal keeper (Manuel Neuer has had more appearances in the Euros (27) after Gianluigi Buffon (31).only Spain and Germany have won more UEFA Euro championship than any other nation, with Germany winning 3 times. The hosts will be looking for a desperate win over France having faced humiliation during the 2018 World Cup after failing to defend the major trophy.
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg, Mats Hummels, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule
Midfielders: Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Florian Neuhaus
Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Kevin Kolland.
Team form: WDLWW
Injured/doubtful players: Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hoffman.
France 3 wins, 2 Draws, Germany 0 wins.
France to win (2.65)
Over 1.5 (1.35) & 1st HF over 1.5 (3.10)
Correct score (2-0) – (12.00)
France to score the first goal. (2.06).