Group F of Euro 2020 has been christened the ‘group of death’ on account of the teams in it: reigning European champions Portugal, World Cup winners France and multi-time major titlists Germany, along with a play-of qualifier.
Every single point is going to count then, and that’s what makes this opening clash between France and Germany on June 15 in Munich so intriguing.
France go into it as the best international team in the world, based on their efforts in Russia back in 2018 anyway, and so they will be once again expected to go deep into the tournament in 2020 too.
In stark contrast, Germany had the World Cup from hell, and head coach Joachim Low has spent the past couple of years trying manfully to revolutionise this German side.
This game could arguably be the tie of the group phase, and we will learn so much about the teams based on their efforts inside the cauldron-like atmosphere of the Allianz Arena.
So who will earn the early bragging rights, ad who will be left sweating on their place in the Round of 16? Let’s take a look in our France vs Germany preview.
1. France vs Germany Betting Odds
How would you price up this game? Would you side with the world champions as favourites, or opt for the ever-dangerous Germany on home soil?
The bookmakers have just about gone with the hosts in their France vs Germany betting odds, making them a 2.30 selection.
But France aren’t a million miles behind at 3.10, and you can always back the draw at 3.25.
2. France vs Germany Betting Predictions
It was very much business as usual for the French in qualifying with eight wins from ten games played.
But they failed to beat Turkey in their two meetings, and so there is a little question mark there.
That said, a goal difference of +19 from ten games just goes to show easy France found the qualification campaign.
All of the usual suspects were key to their success, with Antoine Griezmann not missing a game and picking up three goals along the way. Olivier Giroud, despite not being able to get a minute of action at Chelsea, netted six times, while the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Kingsley Coman were also among the goals.
Factor in some high quality defenders and the magic of Paul Pogba, Nabil Fekir and co, and you can see why France are fancied to go deep in the summer.
But they aren’t actually that well fancied against Germany, a side who were hapless at World Cup 2018.
However, this is a new generation of German stars, with Timo Werner leading the way accompanied by Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Niklas Sule. With the experience of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng in the mix, we simply cannot write off Germany despite their below-par efforts in Germany.
Qualification was straightforward enough, and while they tasted defeat to the Netherlands they gained revenge in Amsterdam and, otherwise, scored a monumental 30 goals in eight games.
Some games in Euro 2020 have been easy to assess, but making accurate France vs Germany predictions is very difficult as all three results are a distinct possibility.
3. France vs Germany Betting Tips
What we have to do when making our Germany vs France betting tips is consider the advantages that playing at home brings.
There are many, and especially so for a Germany side with the bit between its teeth given their abject failing at the World Cup two years ago.
France, well, they are tried and tested, and really haven’t had to deviate away from the plan that saw them lift the Jules Rimet trophy.
Occasionally in Euro 2020 football betting, matches come along where backing the draw is the only logical thing to do, and this is one of those times.
As for a side bet, we know that this game features some of the hottest attacking talent in the world of football. We deduce, therefore, that backing Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 2.20 is smart.
4. France vs Germany Live Stream
If you live in the UK, you will be able to watch this game live on ITV.
But if you don’t have access to that channel, or are based internationally, then you might just need a France v Germany live stream to watch the drama.
For that, stay tuned to your bookmakers’ live streaming feed, because they might be able to help.