France play host to Germany in what promises to be an open and entertaining semi-final showdown on Thursday night. The tournament hosts are the top scoring team in the tournament, with 11 goals from their first five fixtures, while die Mannschaft pose a potent threat of their own, having found the net in 15 of their last 17 matches at the European Championships.
Antoine Griezmann is on course to claim the golden boot, having moved to the top of the scoring charts with four goals in his last four matches for his country and the Atletico Madrid striker would love to continue his impressive scoring streak against the world champions. Paddy Power offer 4/1 (5.0) that the 25-year-old front man breaks the deadlock for the home nation, while the odds compilers offer 13/10 (2.30) that Griezmann grabs a goal at any time in Marseille.
Olivier Giroud has scored in both of his previous two starts against Germany and the Arsenal striker - who bagged the first goal of Euro 2016 - is available at 7/4 (2.75) to score again against his next opponents, while the 29-year-old is chalked up as a 5/1 (6.0) chance with the same firm to notch the opening goal of the game.
Dimitri Payet has been one of the star performers at this summer’s showpiece; the 29-year-old has notched three goals for les Bleus at Euro 2016 and the West Ham United man will undoubtedly pose a significant threat to Germany’s dream of adding the European Championships crown to the World Cup triumph that they enjoyed in Brazil two years ago.
The loss of striker Mario Gomez through injury is undoubtedly a significant blow to die Mannschaft, but Joachim Low has an enviable wealth of attacking talent at his disposal ahead of this crucial semi-final clash.
Mario Gotze has failed to sparkle this summer, but the 24-year-old striker, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, is available at a chunky 11/4 (3.75) to deliver once more on the big occasion, while the same firm offer an attractive 7/2 (4.50) that Mesut Ozil – who scored against Italy at the weekend – is on target again.
Thomas Muller, who has scored 10 goals in 13 World Cup appearances for his country, has never found the net at the European Championships and the 26-year-old striker failed to score from the spot in Germany’s 6-5 shoot-out win over Italy in the previous round.
Muller’s quality, though, is without question and the Bayern Munich man is decent value at 5/1 (6.0) to score first, while the 7/4 (2.75) quote for the German star to net at any time may well prove popular with punters. With Gomez missing for this crucial clash he could bet set to snap his scoreless streak in France.
|Muller to score at any time at 7/4 (2.75) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|