The host nation of the Euro Cup 2016, France will take on the challenge of the world champions Germany for the all important Euro Cup 2016 2nd Semifinal at the magnificent Stade Vélodrome of Marseille, tonight. This nail-biting encounter will start proceedings from 9 PM Local Timing and 12.30 AM (Next Day)IST, and in this article, we will discuss the Match Preview, the team news, head-to-head stats and match prediction. Apart from that, we will also guide you with the France vs Germany Live Streaming sites, so that you don’t have to face trouble while searching for it over the internet.
There had been two different tales in the quarter-finals for these two participating teams. While the ‘Les Blues’ thrashed their opponent Iceland by the 5-2 margin, ‘Die Mannschaft’ booked their semi’s ticket after a late penalty shoot-out drama against Italy. So in a match where both the teams are just one step away from reaching the final, their mental strength will be tested more than the football skills. So check out where both the team stands before this massive football game, what are the inside team news, which players are suspended from taking part in this crucial fixture, who have been ruled out for injury, all, in one place, the France vs Germany Euro Cup 2016 match preview.
Germany vs France Match Details
Date: Thursday.7th July, 2016
Venue: Venue: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Kick Off: 12.30 AM (IST)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
France vs Germany Head-to-Head Stats
These two neighbouring countries and arch rivals on the field has previously played each other for 27 times, where the Les Blues dominated the tie and won 12 times. On the other hand, Germany emerged as the victorious for 9 occasions, and 6 times the match ended as undecided. Although France has ruled the tie and won the majority of the games, they have failed to do the same in a major football tournament with only one exception.
In the 1958 World Cup, France last won against the Germans in a significant encounter; that’s too in the tie-breaker, and since then it’s all but the Germans. In the 1982 World Cup, Germany defeated France in the most entertaining way, trailing behind the most of the game, and then overcame the arch rivals at the penalty shoot-out. In the 1986 World Cup, these two teams again faced off each other, and this time too, Die Mannschaft won the tie with the 2-0 margin. In the most recent times, Germany and France played each other in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup, where the Germans again came out as the winner, kudos to a lone goal by defender Mats Hummels.
Germany Team Details
Although the Germans won a nerve-wracking encounter against the ‘Azzurris ‘, the match took its toll too. The dependable central midfielder Sami Khedira and the lone centre-forward Mario Gomez have been ruled out of this contest for a severe hamstring injury. Moreover, the towering figure in the defence, Mats Hummels will also be unable to play this important tie, as he picked up his second yellow card during the previous game. There are concerns over veteran midfielder and the skipper of the team Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fitness, although a source close to the team assures that he is fit, took part in the yesterday’s training and will also start the game.
So ‘Die Mannschaft’ is not at all in a good shape before this crucial encounter. But, Germany is Germany, and they often produce the nerve of steel when everybody writes them off. Previously, the team has reached the semi-finals in each of their last six major tournaments, longest by a European team. Moreover, they have lost on only one occasion in their last 18 games at a major football competition. So check out the probable starting line-up of Germany, Joachim Low could opt for:
Germany Probable Starting XI: Neuer; Höwedes, Mustafi, Boateng, Hector; Kimmich, matchesKroos, Müller, Özil, Draxler; Götze
France Team Details
While their counterpart is struggling with injuries and suspensions, France coach Didier Deschamps will get all the 23-men fit and roaring to go. But the main concern for the gaffer is his team’s poor defence. France had conceded almost in every match of the tournament, and most surprisingly they were trailing the match in such cases. Central Back Adil Rami missed the Iceland match due to suspension along with the ‘engine of the team’ N’Golo Kanté . Both the players will be available for this Germany match, but where they will start the game or not, will be a tough puzzle to solve. Samuel Umtiti, the youngster, who started in place of Rami, played a pivotal role in the defence in the Iceland match, while Sissoko also played an important role too. So check out the probable starting line-up of France for the Germany match
France Probable Starting XI: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Rami/Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Kante/Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud
France vs Germany: Our Prediction
It is very tough to predict the score-line of the Euro Cup semifinal, especially when two football power houses Germany and France are locking horn with each other. But if we have to pick up a winner we will select France as they will play in front of a massive home support and also there are no injury woes in the team.
Germany vs France Online Streaming Guide
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