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Euro 2016 Germany vs France Semifinals Preview

Euro 2016 Germany vs France Semifinals Preview
World champions Germany take on Euro 2016 host nation France at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome on July 7 in the pick of the semi-final fixtures. Who do we think will progress to the final?

Euro 2016 Semi-Finals Matchup Comparison

By Matt Pitt

Mats Hummels

To say that I am excited about this Euro 2016 semi-final is the understatement of the year; I just hope it lives up to expectation.

Germany and France were the pre-tournament favorites to win Euro 2016, and if you have followed my predictions from the start you will know I tipped Germany to be crowned champions. I still believe this will happen, but they have to overcome a strong French side first.

The Germans are +190 to beat France in 90 minutes, with the French slight favorites at +180 with the draw sitting at +300. I can see this being a tight encounter that could need extra time and penalties to settle the winner. If it goes to penalties, bear in mind Germany has won its last six shootouts.

Germany beat France 1-0 at the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, the last time these sides met in a tournament scenario.

Mats Hummels scored the only goal of that game, but the centreback is suspended for this match after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Italy.

Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez are also likely to miss the game through injury, while both Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger took knocks in the quarter-final game with Italy.

Antoine Griezmann

France have won four and drawn one of their five Euro 2016 games so far, although many will argue they have had a much easier route to this stage than their German opposition.

After facing Romania, Albania, and Switzerland in the group stages, France then took on, and beat, Republic of Ireland, before mauling Iceland 5-2 in the quarter-finals.

The top three goalscorers of the competition are all French. Antoine Griezmann has four goals with Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet on three goals each.

Giroud is the favorite to open the scoring at +600 and +200 to score at any time, although the bookmakers believe that no goalscorer at +500 is more likely.

The French have no injury concerns, or suspensions to worry about, which explains they are slight favorites, but the Germans play perfect tournament football, and even with a weakened side should still have enough in their locker to disappoint the French.

As for potential results, a 1-0 win for either side, or a 0-0 draw, are all priced at +650. I fancy Germany to sneak this game one-nil, although Germany to progress at -105 also takes my fancy.

Watch the Goals and Highlights From France’s 5-2 Win over Iceland

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