By News Team
Last Updated: 15th June 2021
Tuesday evening sees two of Europe’s elite sides go head to head at the Allianz Arena as France take on Germany in their opening game of the Euros.
In a crunch clash, can the current world champions France get off to a perfect start against Germany, who will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing showing at the 2018 World Cup
Griezmann to lead France to glory?
With both heavyweight nations France and Germany in Group F alongside Portugal and Hungary, this really is the Group of Death, so a positive result is vital for both sides.
This will be the sixth meeting between France and Germany at a major tournament, but it will be the first time that both sides will face each other in the group stages. Both sides have won two games each at major tournaments whilst drawing the other, so their records are perfectly balanced heading into this latest encounter.
Although they are perfectly balanced in major tournaments, France are unbeaten against Germany in their last five fixtures in all competitions on German soil. Les Bleus are priced at 17/10 to win in Munich on Tuesday evening and continue that impressive record. Would you like to work out your potential winnings? Try our online betting calculator.
France came out on top the last time these two sides met in 2016 with Antoine Griezmann scoring a brace, and the attacker will be keen to get himself on the scoresheet once again this time around. Griezmann has also scored more goals against Germany than against any other team for France with four, and the Barcelona striker is priced at 13/5 to find the back of the net in Munich.
If France go all the way and lift the trophy at the Euros, manager Didier Deschamps would become the first person ever to win both the World Cup and European Championship as player and manager. His side are currently the 9/2 favourites to help him do just that this summer.
Captain Neuer to frustrate France?
Germany are taking part in their 13th European Championship and Tuesday evening will be their 50th game in the tournament, becoming the first side to ever reach that milestone. Germany will be hoping to win the competition for the fourth time in their history which will make them the most decorated side in the tournament ever, but firstly can they overcome the might of France in their opening game?
Before the tournament began, Joachim Low announced that he will be stepping down as the manager of Germany after the competition has ended. Tuesday evening will be Low’s 18th European Championship game as manager, which will become a new tournament record. Low’s side are priced at 9/5 to defeat the current world champions.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expected to make his 28th appearance at an international tournament. Only Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas have made more appearances at an international tournament than the German goalkeeper, with these two goalkeeping legends making 31 appearances each. The Bayern Munich keeper will be playing in his home stadium and Germany are 16/5 to win to nil on Tuesday, while Neuer is 14/1 to walk away with the man of the match award.