Preview - France vs Germany 17 October 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 1
France vs Germany
Wednesday, September 17th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de France

Last five matches form: W W D W D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.90
Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (32)

Last five matches form: W L D W L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.30
Top Scorer: Thomas Müller (38)

The UEFA Nations league certainly seems to throw up big game after big game, and we have another here as the past two World Champions lock horns at the Stade de France.

This will be the second time the sides have met in the competition, with the first game in Germany ending in a goalless draw. That was a much-improved effort from Joachim Löw's men, compared to the poor displays at the World Cup, and it was to be hoped it would give them something to build on. A 2-1 friendly win over Peru at least kept them headed in the right direction, however a 3-0 defeat to big rivals the Netherlands last time out can't have done too much for their confidence. In fairness to Germany though they were the better side for much of the second half in that game and were only undone by two late goals as they chased the game.

France haven't exactly set the world alight following their heroics in Russia, beating the Dutch 2-1 before needing two late goals to escape with a draw at home against a struggling Iceland side at home. That latter game was only a friendly though and we would expect a much more focussed display here.

Overall, we would expect Germany to focus on being solid here having conceded three last time and they may prove tough for the French to break down. Leroy Sané seems likely to be handed a start with his pace always a threat on the break. We will take another draw in this one.

Prediction: France 1 - 1 Germany


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  11 - 7
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 44% - 56%

Just the one booking in this one with referee Milorad Mazic taking the name of Germany's Matthias Ginter.

A game of two halves in Paris, with Germany being the superior side before the interval, but World Champions France showing what they are made of when turning it around in the second half.

This really was an impressive opening 45 minutes from the German's, particularly in the centre of the park where their passing was far better than that of France. They do still look to lack a cutting edge though and had to rely on a slightly harsh penalty decision for the goal they did get.

That opening goal came in the 14th minute. Leroy Sané sent scampering towards the goal line in the right of the area and when he cut the ball back it struck the upper arm of Presnel Kimpembe. Not much the defender could do about it, but penalty kick nonetheless. Toni Kroos stepping up to finish into the bottom right. 0-1 at the break.

France were back on level terms in the 62nd minute. Lucas Hernandez rifling in a cross from the left which was met by Antoine Griezmann who produced a superb header into the far top corner,  using the pace on the ball to leave Manuel Neuer helpless.

Then ten minutes from time it was the turn of the French to be awarded a slightly dubious penalty kick. Kylian Mbappé playing in Blaise Matuidi who then came together with Matts Hummels in the area. There didn't look to be all that much in this but down Matuidi went and the referee gave the decision. Griezmann grabbing his second of the night when finishing into the bottom right. 2-1 final score.

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