International football matches do not come much bigger than clashes between Germany and France, with these two European powerhouses clashing at the Allianz Arena on 6 September.
Thursday night’s match is the first time that Die Mannschaft will take to the pitch since that shock exit at the 2018 World Cup, where the unlikely candidates of South Korea were able to dump out a side that had won the tournament four years previously and had started as outright favourites.
Joachim Low has remained in place despite that embarrassing failure, with Mesut Ozil a notable omission after an ugly departure from the national set-up following claims and counter-claims regarding issues of racism within the ranks.
Low is casting an eye to the future with some of his squad selections including the defensive trio of Jonathan Tah, Thilo Kehrer and Nico Schulz. Bayer Leverkusen teenager Kai Havertz is also available for selection, while Leroy Sane has come in from the cold despite being currently frozen out by Manchester City.
Germany are slight favourites to win this UEFA Nations League clash, with this representing a chance to restore some pride in the national shirt and the 6/4 with bet365 might prove popular considering that they haven’t turned into a bad team on account of their poor World Cup showing.
Timo Werner certainly didn’t show his capabilities in Russia but is likely to remain part of the team, with Sane clearly fresh from a lack of exertion in the summer and he’s currently out of favour with Pep Guardiola which means that he could have a point to prove here.
France arrive in Munich as World Cup winners and there’s clearly going to be buoyancy in the camp as the players reflect on a fantastic summer in Russia where Les Bleus came through a difficult half of the draw before beating Croatia in the final.
Away Win Price Looks Tempting
It naturally follows that Didier Deschamps remains in charge of the French side, with William Hill chalking up 19/10 about an away win and it’s a tasty price about a team who couldn’t stop winning at the 2018 World Cup.
Deschamps had a fairly consistent team turning out in Russia and they’re all in the latest squad, with Kylian Mbappe still a teenager and looking to light up the latest big stage after shining brightly throughout the World Cup.
We should expect an unchanged back five of Lloris, Pavard, Umtiti, Varane and Hernandez, although the manager will have noted some fine performances from Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy and he’ll be chomping at the bit to earn more caps for his national side.
What About a Draw?
The draw is trading at 23/10 with bet365 and it’s worth noting that the three-team format in each UEFA Nations League group means that avoiding defeat is the most imperative thing in order to remain within the elite section of teams each season.
We grew accustomed to the French having a stubborn defence at the World Cup and Les Bleus enjoyed several shut-outs including clean sheets against Peru, Denmark, Uruguay and Belgium, with N’Golo Kante’s shielding of the defence being strangely ignored by his new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.