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France and Germany kick off their EURO2020 campaign on Tuesday in one of the most defining matches of the group stage.
Many have the Blues as tournament favorites, which is hardly surprising given the talent they have within the squad. Didier Deschamps’ men have a difficult group to get out with Germany and Portugal, current title holders, looking to go to the final.
France are expected to line up in their 4-3-1-2- system, similar to the style that won them the World Cup in 2018.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be the team captain with Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Raphael Varane and Prenel Kimpembe, who have had a great season with PSG, who are expected to line up at the back.
In midfield, Man Utd star Paul Pogba will provide attacking training while Champions League hero N’Golo Kante will provide cover (and will usually be all over the park). Corentin Tolisso is expected to start in midfield after impressing in a recent run for the squad.
In attack, Antoine Griezmann will operate in the gap between the midfielder and the probable duo of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema. Real Madrid striker Benzema returns to international service after years in the desert. He suffered minor injuries in a friendly against Bulgaria, but is expected to get rid of it before Tuesday’s game.
Germany will be looking to have a solid tournament given their recent poor form in the major finals. Coach Joachim Low has changed his system to a 3-4-3 formation as his team look to break out of the group stage after failing at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
In goal, Manuel Neuer continues to be one of the best and will be behind an expected defense from Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger. The trio have all had impressive seasons with their club – Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively.
Joshua Kimmich will be on the right side where he will provide crosses in the French area. On the opposite flank will most likely be Atalanta’s Robin Gosens. Man City’s Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan will occupy the center midfielder, both of whom have enjoyed successful seasons with their clubs.
Back on the international stage, Thomas Muller has scored 19 goals in the last two Bundesliga seasons. He is expected to start at the center of a trio, which includes Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry. The first three should switch sides between them throughout the match.
Both sides are teeming with talent and France have attackers Mbappe and Griezmann to wreak havoc on the German. Griezmann won the Golden Boot at Euros 2016 and scored a brace in the 2-1 victory over the Germans in the Nations League in October 2018.
However, a rapid departure of the Germans will give France a difficult task. Low’s side are no strangers to early goals, having scored within the first 25 minutes of each of their last six wins.
According to Dream Island, both sides should be very careful but France should most likely remain undefeated in the Group of Death.
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Prediction of match results: France to win
The French Squad: Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan Defenders: Lucas Digne, Léo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Koundé, Clément Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma Midfielder : N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso Forward: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram
The German team: Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg, Mats Hummels, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule Midfielder: Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Florian Neuhaus Before: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Kevin Kolland
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