Germany v France preview — Can Les Bleus end their 58 year hoodoo?
France have finally found their rhythm at Euro 2016, with Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann putting Iceland to the sword in a 5–2 win in Sunday’s quarter-final.
Germany, on the other hand, were far less comfortable, needing penalties to get past Italy in a cagey affair.
This game should be close, but the loss of Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez could be crucial for the Germans.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson bullied the French defence in Paris — something Gomez could have done to an understrength backline. With him out, Germany might not have the same attacking threat.
N’Golo Kante returns from suspension for the French, allowing Payet, Griezmann and Paul Pogba the freedom to venture forward.
Remarkably, France haven’t beaten Germany in a major tournament in 58 years, and they were knocked out by Friday’s opponents in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.
The attacking flair of France, allied with the loss of key-man Hummels means they can end that unwanted streak.
Given the seven goals shared between France and Iceland on Sunday, I like the look of over 3.5 goals at 4.13 with Sportsbet.io.
Antoine Griezmann leads the way for the Euro 2016 Golden Boot, and I think he can get another. The 4.55 with Sportsbet.io for him to be first goalscorer is very appealing.
Putting my neck on the line, I think France will get through to another home final, to emulate 1982 and 1998.
I’m going to have a little bit on France to win 3–1, which is 27.60 with Sportsbet.io.
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