France and Germany conclude the first round of Euro 2020 fixtures when they meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday at 8pm (UK time).
In what can only be described as the toughest group across Europe’s multi-host competition, which also features reigning holders Portugal, as well as Hungary, the current world champions France collide with 2014 World Cup winners Germany.
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Where to watch France vs Germany on TV:
- UK: ITV 1
- US: ESPN
Scoreline prediction: France 2-1 Germany
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France vs Germany build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
As hosts five years ago Didier Deschamps’ men reached the final in Paris, where they came up short against Portugal, but Les Bleus exorcised the ghosts from that showpiece slip-up just 24 months later as they lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft in Russia. The reigning world champions will thus fancy their chances of replicating the form they showed from Euro 2016 and reach the latter stages of UEFA’s flagship tournament.
Germany meanwhile had a World Cup 2018 to forget, exiting the group stages with a whimper, which culminated in Joachim Low’s infamous axing of the old guard, with the likes of Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels banished from the international circuit, both of whom have since returned, though. In what will be Low’s last tournament before bowing out, the experienced tactician will be eyeing up a parting gift that would cement his legacy forever.
- France (vs Bulgaria): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann, Mbappe, Benzema.
- Germany (vs Latvia): Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Gundogan, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Gnabry, Muller.
Kurt Zouma is carrying a slight issue heading into the tournament and is not expected to start here. The likes of Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane have all reportedly shaken off knocks and will be fit to start this match. For Germany, Jonas Hofmann is a major doubt, while Leon Goretzka faces a late fitness test.
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Players to watch:
- France: Few managers on the international circuit boast the surfeit of talent that Deschamps has at his disposal. The venerated tactician has a squad bursting at the seams with elite quality, but perhaps most importantly, that talent is spread across all areas of the turf. His front-three (Mbappe, Benzema and Griezmann) enter this tournament as the headline act, but there can be no question the player most in form at this present moment in time is N’Golo Kante. There is something so unnaturally beautiful about the way Chelsea’s Champions League winner plays the game. Unfairly bracketed as a ‘Makelele’ type, Kante is a player who transcends the role and is arguably the best box-to-box midfielder in the game at the minute. He can break down play, but instead of laying it off for a more creative teammate, he can carry the ball forward and instigate attacking moves. Those qualities drove Chelsea to a second European Cup, and were on display three years ago in Russia. If France are to lift another major trophy, Kante’s involvement will be essential.
- Germany: This match could hinge on who gets the upper hand in the midfield battle. On paper it is a tantalising possibility for the aesthete, as the likes of Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich, Goretzka and Ilkay Gundogan do battle with Kante, Paul Pogba and Adrien Rabiot in the middle of the park. And just like Kante for France, Gundogan enters this tournament in scintillating form for his club. Few encapsulated the authoritative, almost arrogant, way Man City won the Premier League title more than Gundogan, who not only controlled the midfield and set the tempo, but also added a prolific scoring streak to his game. His role will not be to grab the headlines for Germany, that burden falls on the likes of Muller, Gnabry and Timo Werner, but his composure, swagger and self-assurance will be key if Die Mannschaft are to match France in the centre of the turf.
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