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France and Germany get their EURO2020 campaigns underway on Tuesday in one of the standout matches of the group stage.
Many have Les Bleus as the tournament favourites, which is hardly surprising given the talent they have within the squad. Didier Deschamps’ men have a tough group to get out of with both Germany and current holders Portugal looking to go all the way to the final.
France are expected to line up in their 4-3-1-2- system, similar to the style that won them the World Cup back in 2018.
Tottenham ‘keeper Hugo Lloris will captain the side with Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Raphael Varane and Prenel Kimpembe, who has had a fine season with PSG, expected to line up at the back.
In Midfield, Man Utd star Paul Pogba will provide the attacking drive while Champions League hero N’Golo Kante will be providing cover (and will generally be all over the park). Corentin Tolisso is expected to start in midfield having impressed during a recent run in the side.
In attack, Antoine Griezmann will operate in the gap between the midfield and the likely pairing of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema. Real Madrid striker Benzema is returning to international duty after years in the wilderness. He did pick up a slight injury in a friendly against Bulgaria but is expected to shake that off ahead of Tuesday’s game.
Germany will be looking to have a solid tournament given their recent poor form in major finals. Coach Joachim Low has changed his system to a 3-4-3 formation as his side look to get out of the group stage having failed to do so in the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
In goal Manuel Neuer continues to be one of the best around and will be behind an expected defence of Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger. The trio have all had impressive seasons with their club’s – Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively.
Joshua Kimmich will be down the right side where he’ll be providing the crosses into the France box. On the opposite flank will most likely be Atalanta’s Robin Gosens. Toni Kroos and Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan will occupy the central midfield, both of which have enjoyed successful seasons with their clubs.
Back on the international scene is Thomas Muller, who has noted up 19 goals in the last two Bundesliga seasons. He’s expected to start in the center of a trio, which includes Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry. The front three are expected to switch sides between themselves though out the game.
Both sides are loaded with talent and France have the attacking players in Mbappe and Griezmann to cause the German’s damage. Griezmann won the Golden Boot in the 2016 Euros and scored a double in the 2-1 win over the Germans in the Nations League back in October 2018.
However, a fast start from the Germans will give France an uphill task. Low’s team are no strangers to early goals, having scored inside the opening 25 minutes in each of their last six wins.
According to Dream Island, both sides are expected to be very cautious but France is very likely to remain unbeaten in the Group of Death.
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The French Squad: Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram
The German squad: Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg, Mats Hummels, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule Midfielders: Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Florian Neuhaus Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Kevin Kolland