Germany face France in what promises to be a thrilling Euro 2016 semi-final showdown on Thursday night. Didier Deschamps’ hosts were slow starters in this competition, but a stirring second-half fightback against Republic of Ireland in the last 16 followed by a devastating display in the 5-2 demolition of Iceland in Sunday’s quarter-final suggests that Les Bleus may be finding form at the perfect time.
Die Mannschaft reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the sixth successive time by virtue of a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out victory against Italy in Bordeaux on Saturday and the world champions will be determined to maintain their push for more silverware when they face France.
Les Bleus have won each of the last two tournaments that they have contested on home turf – the European Championships in 1984 and the 1998 World Cup - and, with a full squad at his disposal, Deschamps has set his sights on guiding his team to a historic hat-trick of home wins in major tournaments.
France can be backed at 17/10 (2.70) with NetBet to take another significant step towards achieving that objective with a win inside 90 minutes, while the odds compilers offer 20/21 (1.95) that France progress to their first major final in 10 years.
Die Mannschaft will not be at full strength, for Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez will miss out through injury, while Mats Hummels – who scored the winning goal when these two teams locked horns at the quarter-final stage in Brazil two years ago – is suspended for the semi-final.
Nevertheless, the world champions will provide formidable opposition and Joachim Low’s side are decent value at 19/10 (2.90) to win in normal time, while Germany are chalked up as a 10/11 (1.91) chance to take their place in Sunday’s showdown at the expense of the hosts. The draw is available at 2/1 (3.0) with Paddy Power.
France are the top scorers at Euro 2016, having scored 11 goals in their five fixtures and Les Bleus were at their brilliant best as they raced into a four-goal first-half advantage against Iceland in their previous outing.
Germany, though, will be a tough nut to crack, for Low’s men have conceded just one goal in their last six matches and Die Mannschaft boast the best defensive record in the tournament. The world champions, too, possess plenty of firepower of their own, having found the net in all but two of their last 17 matches at the European Championships, while Low’s men were the top scoring team in Brazil two years ago.
Les Bleus have scored two or more goals in all but one of their last 13 matches on home turf, while Low’s team have found the net in eight of their last nine fixtures.
This match has all of the ingredients required for an entertaining encounter and NetBet go 11/10 (2.10) that both teams find the net, while the same firm offer a supermely generous 7/5 (2.40) quote for more than two goals to be scored. Punters, therefore, are advised to snap up NetBet’s generous 7/5 (2.40) quote for three or more goals to be scored in Marseille.
The selection would have paid dividends in seven of France's last nine fixtures and, given the quality that both teams possess in the final third, the 7/5 (2.40) quote again offers excellent value ahead of Thursday's tussle.
|Over 2.5 goals at 7/5 (2.40) for a 2pt stake with NetBet|