Preview - Germany vs France 07 September 18

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Uefa Nations League Group A
Germany vs France
Friday, September 7th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Allianz Arena

Last five matches form: L W L W L
Average goals per match (last ten games) : 1.30
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.20
Top Scorer: Thomas Müller (38)

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.00
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.80
Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (31)

No doubt about the biggest game on the opening night of the new Uefa Nations League as the past two World Cup winners clash at the Allianz Arena.

The fact that Germany couldn't even make it out of their Group at the World Cup finals was perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the entire competition. It's hard to fathom how they were quite so poor in the summer, but they remain an immensely talented squad on paper and the road back starts here.

Tasks don't come much stiffer than taking on the side who did go on to win it all in Russia. It is Didier Deschamps France who head to the Allianz to take on Joachim Löw's German outfit.

France narrowly hold the edge in the past six meetings between the sides, with three wins to two for Germany. The most recent friendly clash resulting in a 2-2 draw.

We wouldn't be surprised to see Löw experiment a little in terms of formation and personnel in a bid to rediscover the winning thread. There's little reason to change for France though, with a fit again Benjamin Mendy the most likely to break into the starting 11.

Germany really were so poor at the finals that we just don't see them raising their game sufficiently to see off the current kings of the world. If there's one thing we've learnt over the years though it is to never right Germany off completely. We see this ending in a score draw.

Prediction: Germany 2 - 2 France


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  12 - 5
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks: 10 - 2
Possession: 56% - 44%

Not the most eventful of evenings for referee Daniele Orsato, with the Italian reaching for the notebook just the once to take the name of Antonio Ruediger of Germany.

Germany played as though they were hoping to make a statement against the current World Champions here, and whilst they didn't quite manage to lower the colours of les bleus, they were the better side for much of this game and put in a showing vastly superior to their World Cup efforts.

For all that they dominated the ball in the opening 45 minutes, Germany weren't ever really able to muster anything too clear cut as the French defence looked relatively comfortable. The two best chances of the half came through headers. Thomas Mueller sending an effort over for Germany and Olivier Giroud forcing Manuel Neuer into a decent low stop for France.

The game began to open up a little after the break with both Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé showing flashes of inspiration for the visitors.

Germany themselves came very close to taking the lead when Alphonse Areola pulled off a finger tip stop to repel a Marco Reus effort which seemed destined for the top corner.

Areola was at it again soon after. Mats Hummels being left in acres of space towards the left in the France box and smashing a volley back across goal when the ball came his way. The keeper was up to the task though.

And one last time…this time leaping high to get his fingertips to a looping Mueller effort from range which looked set to drop in.

0-0 final score at the Allianz.

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