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EURO 2016 - France v Germany - MATCH PREVIEW

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Euro 2016 will witness one of the biggest matches of the tournament when hosts France take on World Champions Germany for a place in the finals. This semi-finals clash will be played at the Stade Velodrome on Thursday, July 7.

France are undoubtedly one of the best teams in this tournament having come through to the last four without much fuss. They were expected to be stretched by Iceland in the quarterfinals but the giant killers were thrashed 5-2 by the hosts. The score line is a just indication of how rampant the French were. Even the much maligned striker Olivier Giroud found the game to his liking by scoring a brace and setting up one. This is their best display in the tournament so far where before the Iceland match they managed to get past teams riding on the brilliance of Dimitri Payet or Antonio Griezmann.

But make no mistake, their opponent of the night would be one of the most dangerous sides to encounter at this stage of a tournament. World Champions Germany have been below-par for most of the tournament including their penalty win against Italy. They were surprisingly nervous in the penalties and had the more nervous Italians to thank for the win. Joachim Loew’s side has shown their problems up front and with Mario Gomez out with an injury, there could be more troubles for them. But, this is a side that knows how to win even when they are not at their best and writing them off early will only add to their resolve.

France v Germany Betting advice

France are in tremendous form off late with eight wins in their last nine matches. It was in only one of these matches that they failed to score. They have a tendency to leak goals too with just three clean sheets in this period. Germany are more compact with their defense with five clean sheets in six matches while scoring in eight of their last nine encounters. All pointers lead to an entertaining match, so back goals from both sides.

Germany usually start these encounters as favorites but the absence of key players – Mats Hummels, Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira for various reasons makes one feel that France have an edge. The hosts will be back to full strength and that could play out to their advantage. Either ways, it’s going to be a great game of football!

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