With what is supposed to be dubbed as the “Group of Death,” a mouthwatering EURO 2020 Group F clash between the World Champions France and four-time World Cup winners Germany awaits us. In the EURO 2020 predictions for today, we have got you covered on this highly anticipated clash scheduled for the 15th of June 2021.
Les Blues head into the tournament tagged as hot favourites on the back of an 18 match unbeaten streak. Even after having a mixed run of form, Die Mannschaft can never be underestimated at international tournaments. They can undoubtedly give France a run for their money in a tie of this magnitude.
France enters the Euros with back-to-back 3-0 victories over Wales and Bulgaria. According to our experts’ Euro 2020 tips and predictions, they are the favourites to lift the trophy, which isn’t a surprise considering they are the current World Cup holders and two-time winners of this competition. However, they are up against the three-time European Championship winners in Germany, which should be a tough 90-minutes for Didier Deschamps’ men.
The 2016 Euro finalist’s squad is star-studded as the core of the 2018 side are still intact with Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, and N’Golo Kante in top form. Despite that, all the headlines are around Karim Benzema and his first call-up to the squad since 2015.
Joachim Löw is heading into his final tournament as Die Mannschaft’s manager before Hansi Flick replaces him. After a disastrous World Cup in 2018, they have had some incredibly questionable results, with many not expecting them to finish in the top two of the qualifying Group C. They did, however, qualify for the Euros with seven wins from eight, scoring 30 goals, including five against the Netherlands over two games, beating Northern Ireland 6-1 and Estonia 8-0.
Players like Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Thomas Müller from the recent all-conquering Bayern side will be key for Germany. But they’ll have to start strong against the tournament favourites to stand any chance in the game.
The rivalry between France and Germany heads way back to 1931 when both sides met for the first time in a friendly game. Since then, they have squared against each other 31 times, with France leading by 14-10.
France and Germany have had quite a few notable meetings in the recent past. A semi-final clash in Euro 2016 is the most memorable, where France blew away Germany 2-0 on home soil to march into the finals. The last France vs Germany meeting took place on 16 October 2018 when these two teams faced off against each other in the UEFA Nations League, resulting in a 2-1 win for France.
Les Blues have enjoyed a five-match unbeaten streak against the Germans, winning four and managing draws in the other two. Their last defeat to Die Mannschaft was nearly seven years ago, on 4th July 2014, in a World Cup quarter-final game.
Considering the recent form and stats of either team, France are expected to outclass Germany and win the match. However, this won’t be a goal-fest, and you can even expect a moment of sheer magic to settle the tie.
France are in red hot form and have enjoyed success in major competitions recently. Finishing as runners-up in Euro 2016 and then winning a World Cup in 2018 was no mean feat. They will be eyeing to replicate the heroics of the great Spanish team from 2008-12. Entering the tournament as World Cup Winners, they will be motivated to get their hands on the prize that eluded them four years ago.
France are on an 18 match unbeaten streak and also have an excellent record against Germany in recent years. Germany are experiencing a rough patch, having crashed out in the group stages of the previous World Cup. Their transition woes and lack of faith in the management style makes the Les Blues clear favourites.
As with any premium international fixture, the bookmakers are offering generous odds for this match. Especially, the 2.70 odds for a France win in Bet365 looks like an excellent market to punt on.