France v Germany tips – back Les Bleus to beat weakened Germans

Back Les Bleus to beat weakened Germans

France's Antoine Griezmann, right, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal with teammate Dimitri Payet, left, during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between France and Iceland, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Sunday, July 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Betting Tip: France @ 9/5 with bet365

Italy might not have made it past Germany on Saturday night, although the latter did suffer some collateral damage from the penalty shoot-out win.

Mats Hummels was unable to avoid a second yellow card and the central defender misses this clash, while Mario Gomez’s tournament is over after sustaining a hamstring injury in that match.

It does weaken Germany somewhat, with Shkodran Mustafi coming into central defence as he did against Ukraine in the opening game of the tournament.

Joshua Kimmich is likely to remain in the team, with Julian Draxler potentially slotting back into the starting XI and Thomas Muller thrust into a more attacking position in place of Gomez.

Meanwhile, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are reported to be doubts and that would leave another hole in the team, although Lukas Podolski and Mario Gotze are available to slot back into the side.

It’s far from ideal preparation for a Germany side who have enjoyed a good run in major tournaments for the past few years, something which culminated in that World Cup win two years ago.

France come into the clash feeling supremely confident after enjoying a comeback win against Republic of Ireland and then a five-goal salvo against a plucky Iceland side who simply couldn’t live with the skill and movement of Les Bleus.

Didier Deschamps will be wary of whatever German side is fielded and home advantage might not count for a great deal on the night, although this French side seem to have now gotten into their stride.

Paul Pogba is living up to the hype surrounding him at this tournament, while ten goals have come from Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud.

Defensively, there are some question marks, although Adil Rami comes back in alongside Laurent Koscielny, while Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra are reliable enough in the full-back position.

France will hope they can get enough possession to cause the sort of damage of which Italy were incapable, although the Azzurri were not blessed with attacking weaponry that the French possess.

It could be a tense and titanic struggle but this French side have ten goals to their name in this tournament and they appear to have hit their stride at the right time, while Germany’s 120 minutes against the Italians has left them slightly off-balance.

Betting Tip: France @ 9/5 with bet365

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