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After the disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal on home soil, France once again took their place at the top of international football by winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. That alone justifies their status as one of the favourites for this tournament, but couple that with the fact they lost just one of their 10 qualification games for Euro 2020 and you begin to see just how formidable Les Bleus really are. Didier Deschamps is spoiled for choice with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante at his disposal and his side could make a real statement in their opening match against Germany.
Of course, Die Mannschaft aren’t without their own selection of stars, with Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner and Co able to turn any side over on their day. But Germany haven’t had it all their own way in recent major tournaments, suffering two consecutive semi-final defeats in the Euros while crashing out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.
Les Bleus come into this summer’s tournament on the back of back-to-back 3-0 victories in their warm-up friendlies. However, Deschamps and the whole of France will be sweating over the fitness of Karim Benzema following the knock he picked up against Bulgaria ahead of his much-awaited comeback to international football.
This will be Joachim Low’s final tournament before stepping down as manager and the 61-year-old — who guided his side to Euro 2020 with seven wins from qualification games — will be keen to go out on a high and be remembered for his many successes rather than the failure of 2018.
France vs Germany: Match Stats
Germany have reached at least the semi-final stage in the last three European Championships, though they haven’t won the tournament since 1996.
But Die Mannschaft have won a joint-record three European Championships, level with Spain and one ahead of France.
France have lost just one of four competitive meetings against Germany since June 1986, including a 2-0 win in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
Germany have scored more than one goal in a single game against France just once in their last six meetings.
French forward Antoine Griezmann was the top scorer at the last European Championships, netting six goals — at least three more than any other player. Fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet were joint-second with three apiece.
Griezmann has scored a brace in two of his last three meetings with Germany.
France vs Germany: Corner Stats
Over the course of France’s two warm-up games leading to this summer’s competition, Les Bleus have racked up 20 corners. However, those two games were against Wales and Bulgaria in which they were expected to dominate in the way they did. In comparison, across Germany’s last three games, Die Mannschaft have only been able to total 10 corners.
France vs Germany: Cards Stats
In Germany’s narrow defeat to North Macedonia in their last competitive game, Joachim Löw’s side picked up five yellow cards and given Tuesday’s clash is expected to be a tight affair as two giants of international football collide it will certainly be a test of Germany’s character as they face the current world champions.
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Scoreline prediction: France 2-1 Germany
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France vs Germany: Head to Head
16 Oct 2018: France 2-1 Germany – Uefa Nations League
06 Sep 2018: Germany 0-0 France – Uefa Nations League
14 Nov 2017: Germany 2-2 France – International friendly
07 Jul 2016: Germany 0-2 France – Euro 2016 semi-finals
13 Nov 2015: France 2-0 Germany – International friendly
This is the 34th meeting between these two international giants, with France winning 14 and Germany winning 10 so far. Les Bleus have enjoyed a strong record against the Germans in recent years, remaining unbeaten in their last five meetings and losing just two of their previous 13 dating back to 1990.