By Thomas Strong
Last Updated: 6th September 2018
- Thursday 6th September
- Kick-off: 19:45
- Stadium: Allianz Arena, Munich
- Live on Sky Sports Mix/Sky Sports Football
The first round of the UEFA Nations League A Group 1 sees the current world champions take on the former, both in action for the first time since the 2018 World Cup. Read on to find three of our best Germany vs predictions.
Germany vs France predictions: History ancient and recent on the side of Les Bleus
Home advantage and a reputation retrieval mission in the wake of their disastrous World Cup defence in Russia see Jogi Low’s side priced up as 7/5 favourites in William Hill’s Germany vs France odds.
Odds of 9/5 are on offer about victory for Didier Deschamps’ world champions, while a draw in this UEFA Nations League showdown is currently a 5/2 pick.
Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira won’t be among those atoning for that group-stage exit, having retired from international football and been overlooked for this clash respectively.
Thomas Muller, though, is back for more and he’s joined by six of his Bayern Munich club colleagues, as well as Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, back in the fold after failing to make the squad for the summer tournament.
If you predict a defeat for the hosts, then betting favouritism suggests this may be the more likely outcome, given that Les Bleus have had much the better of recent clashes between the sides, winning two and drawing one inside the last four years.
As 9/2 third-favourites to win the competition, France may be ahead of their hosts in the outright betting, but Germany are 10/11 market leaders in the odds to top UEFA Nations League A Group 1.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Germany 2-2 France, Germany 0-2 France, France 2-0 Germany, France 0-1 Germany, France 1-2 Germany, Germany 1-2 France.
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Free betting tips: Germany vs France predictions
Prediction: France vs Germany a draw @ 12/5 odds
The first of our Germany vs France predictions owes much to the struggles of recent World Cup winners to win their first subsequent matches as champions du monde. 1994 kingpins Brazil were the last nation to manage that feat, with three of the past four victors losing their first post-tournament outing.
Les Bleus appear a young, united squad with the evident talent and depth to kick on from their moment of triumph in Moscow, but away to an extremely talented side with much to make up for, they may struggle to recapture the hunger which drove them to glory quite quickly enough.
With the France/draw double chance priced up at 1/2 and 8/11 on offer about Deschamps’ side in the draw no bet market, Germany vs France odds of 5/2 on honours ending up even feels the best value approach here.
Best Bet: The draw and both teams to score @ 3/1
Our favourite among the Germany vs France predictions was a winner when the sides met in 2017, and is a slightly beefed-up version of the previous tip, with both teams netting added into the mix for a more sizeable payday.
Germany have kept a measly one clean sheet (against, you guessed it, England) in their last 12 matches, while Les Bleus had something of a Jekyll and Hyde defence at the World Cup, blanking Uruguay and Belgium, but shipping three against Argentina and two against Croatia.
With both teams boasting a terrifying array of attacking talent and France without regular goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris (suffering with a thigh injury), it’s tough to envisage any shutouts here, so 3/1 odds for a score draw is our tip.
Betting Recommendation: Kylian Mbappe first goalscorer @ 11/2
19-year-old sensation Mbappe has scarcely paused for breath since being crowned young player of the tournament at the World Cup, notching four goals in three games for Paris Saint-Germain since then.
Betting at generous 11/2 odds to notch the opener in Bavaria, the bang in-form Parisian is a choice pick among our Germany vs France predictions.
The domestic suspension he picked up for a late red card against Nimes last time out can afford him extra licence to give it some in Deutschland, without fear of blunting himself for the return to club action.
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- France haven’t lost to Germany in Germany since 1936, an unbeaten streak that currently stands at four matches.
- Both teams have scored in four of Die Mannschaft’s last five home games.