Germany v France Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

September 03, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Fußball Arena München - Nations League

UEFA's newest national competition kicks off this Thursday with newly crowned World Champions, France, travelling to play the side they displaced, Germany. After two very different experiences of the World Cup, this first game since the competition will show how the two federations have reacted.

Past Meetings

France just have the lead in a head to head, having won 13 of their 29 matches to Germany's 9. This has also been the case in recent years, with Die Mannschaft having failed to beat Les Blues in their last three meetings, with the last encounter finishing in a entertaining 2-2 draw.

Team News

Joachim Low has recalled Leroy Sane to the squad, alongside three debutants in Kai Havertz, Nico Shulz and Thilo Kehrer. However, the old guard are all stepping aside, with Sami Khedira dropped and Mesut Ozil and Mario Gomez now retired from international football.

Didier Deschamps has called up a very similar team to that which served him well at the World Cup, with the only changes being goalkeepers. With Hugo Lloris out injured, Alphonse Areola has taken the captain's place, whilst Benoit Costil has stepped into the squad over Steve Mandanda.

Germany v France Preview and Predictions

Following a disastrous World Cup tournament many wondered what the future holds for the German national team. A side that was so dominant only four years ago looked a shadow of its former self after defeats to Mexico and South Korea saw them crash out at the group stage. However, sticking with the unreactionary and practical approach that won them the competition, the DFB has stuck with Joachim Low, who in turn, has made few changes.

For France, it is a very different story, with a widely similar outcome. Les Blues struggled in the two previous World Cups, but looked by far the best team in the tournament over the summer, leading to the most one-sided final in a decade. The manner in which Deschamps moves forward will be under heavy scrutiny, although, with young players such as Kylian M'bappe and Paul Pogba and Samuel Umtiti yet to reach their prime, there is no reason that France should not get even stronger.

In spite of the fascinating match-up on Thursday, the most interesting event will be the inauguration of the UEFA Nations League, with the new competition set to replace friendlies and facilitate a summer finals tournament in 2019. Whether or not this will result in managers taking the international break more seriously shall likely be revealed this week, with the first post-World Cup friendlies usually a low-key affair.

Even so, the match up between these two footballing super-powers rarely fails to deliver, with even their second XIs more than capable of a high-quality contest, meaning Thursday's game is not one to be missed.

Recommended Bets

Kylian M'Bappe to score first at 6/1

The French forward was unplayable for much of the World Cup and has continued his form into the domestic season.

Over 2.5 goals at 5/6

With low stakes and the opportunity for young players to impress, this game may end up with a high score.

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