France take on Germany in the biggest match of EURO 2020 so far in their Group F opener at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Group F has been labelled the ‘Group of Death’ as it includes the current Euro title holders Portugal as well as World Cup winners France and perennial European challengers Germany. Hungary are the fourth team in the Group.
France had little issue in the qualifiers as they topped Group H with eight wins out of ten before racing through to the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League finals.
Didier Deschamps could become the first person ever to win the World Cup and Euros as a player and manager, if he guides France to glory.
Germany – smarting from their humiliation at the 2018 World Cup – look to be turning a new leaf winning seven of their eight games in the Euro Qualifiers and topping Group C ahead of the Netherlands.
What time does France vs Germany start?
The game kicks off at 9pm South African time at the Allianz Arena.
France vs Germany team news
The recall of Karima Benzema after six years in the international wilderness is the big shock in France’s tournament squad. He could form a potent strike force with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
Ngolo Kante is the heartbeat of the French midfield and will be looking to add the European Championship to his dazzling trophy cabinet. He recently deposited a Champions League winners medal following his man-of-the-match performance for Chelsea against Manchester City.
Raphael Varane is fit and should start in defense in place of Kurt Zouma.
For the Germans, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels are back in the national team after a two-year hiatus.
Hummels could start alongside Antonio Rudiger and Matthias Ginter in defense.
Up front, Kai Havertz , Serge Gnabry and Muller could form the attacking trident.
France vs Germany head to head
France have the upper hand, winning 6 out of the 11 recent matches between the teams.
Germany have won twice with three draws.
France vs Germany current form
Deschamp’s men are unbeaten in 5 matches and come into the match on the back of four straight wins.
As for Germany, they shockingly lost to Macedonia but won three and drew another in their recent run of five games.
France vs Germany prediction
It’s a tough one to pick from but the odds favour France to come out on top in this one.