Germany vs France by Obertino

This, without a doubt, is the central game of the day among matches that do not carry a tournament load. It is always difficult to predict the outcome of a fight, when both teams are made up of stars, and any of the 22 players can make a difference. It is logical to consider a small favorite for Germany... 


The team of Germany held a remarkable year before the title defense, winning the Confederations Cup with a very young team. During the qualification, there was no hint of possible surprises. The Germans won their group with ideal indicators: 10 wins in 10 matches, 43 goals scored, 4 conceded.


Lyova and his gang were so bored with beating weaklings, like Azerbaijan and Norway, that at the end of the year top-level rivals were picked up. The fight with England ended in a draw on Friday (0: 0) with a good game with a number of missed opportunities, and now the germans intend to return to the victorious path in confrontation with another principal rival. 


France will try to reset the label of the team, failing matches with big teams. Victory, as usual, will not prove anything to anyone, but the defeat will upset anyway.  The composition of the French national team is saturated with talented youth, and in this rivals are similar to each other, it remains to find out whose chicks are steeper. The pepper of this duel adds an incredible statistical fact: France won the last three matches on the field of Germany, the last time losing the FRG here before the reunion.


Separately, it should be noted that exactly two years ago, in November 2015, the day of the match of the same teams in Paris, suicide bombers carried out a series of terrorist attacks that led to the death of 130 people. One of the targets of the attackers was the crowded "Stud de France", but the worst was avoided. Obviously, this time the game will begin with a minute of memory for the victims of the attack. 


Probably, the upcoming duel will in some sense determine for the goalkeeper's position: who will be the second, if Neuer stumbles or does not have time to get in shape? A strange decision, but the head coach, who promised significant changes in the lineup, trusts Kevin, for whom this game will be only second for the Bundestim: "He is in good shape, and in training we did not notice that the lack of practice somehow affects the player's form ". Also, the German media sees in the starting lineup of Tony Kroos, Sami Khedira and Mario Getz, who returned to the national team after a long break.


The national team of France could not count on the help of the winger Usman Dembele and Dimitri Payet, the goalkeeper of South Lloris and midfielders N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, now Olivier Giroux joined the line. Forward went back to Arsenal because of a hip injury received in the game with Wales..Thus, almost ideal conditions for the trial of Antoine Grismann are obtained. The beginning of the season in the performance of the striker was not impressive in "Atletico", but in the blue T-shirt at Griz went out better. He scored just 18 minutes after the start of the match with Wales, than continued his excellent home series, originating from Euro-2016. An important battle in Germany will be for other players in the line of attack: Anthony Marcial, who returned to the team for the first time since September 2016, for MbaPpe, who still has much to prove, for Fekir, not spoiled by the attention of the coach. And in the line of defense competition is high.


I expect mostly fair play and very few cards and a fouls here. The most likely outcome of this match for me is draw, but I would not allow myself to try it. Both teams to score is my pick.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
both teams to score Bet365 1.83 8 2-2 WON (+6.64 units)
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