Two of Europe’s heavyweights meet tonight in Munich as France host Germany in the opening game of both nations’ European Championships.
With Euro 2020 well underway, this Group F game is one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the first round given that it pits the last two World Cup winners against each other.
The term ‘Group of Death’ is certainly overused, but entirely applicable this summer as France, Germany and Portugal were all drawn together (along with Hungary).
As for Germany, they are in between cycles, but Joachim Low – who will step down as Nationalmannschaft coach at the end of the tournament – still has quality to call on all over the park, starting Kai Havertz while his Chelsea team-mate Timo Werner is a sub.
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Germany go 3-4-3
In his last tournament in charge after 15 years at the helm of Germany, Joachim Low has opted for a 3-4-3 formation with Thomas Muller in a forward role and Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry on the wings.
A three-man backline is reinforced by holding midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens, while Timo Werner is among the substitutes.
Fearsome France frontline
So, Euros favourites France start with a formidable frontine of Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe for the first time in a competitive match.
France coach Didier Deschamps has also opted for midfielder Adrien Rabiot instead of Corentin Tolisso in midfield alongside Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.
Germany XI: Neuer, Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich, Kroos, Gundogan, Gosens, Havertz, Muller, Gnabry
Subs: Halstenberg, Volland, Werner, Leno, Sule, Klostermann, Neuhaus, Sane, Trapp, Can, Koch, Gunter
France XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Rabiot, Griezmann, Mbappe-Lottin, Benzema
Subs: Lenglet, Lemar, Giroud, Dembele, Tolisso, Zouma, Mandanda, Digne, Coman, Ben Yedder, Maignan, Kounde
Group F as it stands
There is no getting around it – Group F is a ‘group of death’.
The phrase is overused, but if you’ve got the last two World Cup winners along with the current Euros holders, then it’s fair usage in our opinion.
The good news for France and Germany is that Hungary and Portugal are goalless at half-time in Budapest, and a draw there would leave Portugal with it all to do to get out of the group.
And here is the France squad – and what a squad it is…
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan
Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram
Here is the Germany squad to jog your memories…
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
Midfielders: Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Florian Neuhaus
Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Kevin Kolland
Head to head (h2h) history and results
France vs Germany prediction
Given how tight Group F could end up being, starting with a win is vital. Germany looked confident in their 7-1 warm-up win vs Latvia, but France are a different proposition altogether. Les Bleus have so much talent and belief that they should get off to a win, but it could be a real thriller.