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  • February 6, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de France, Paris
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 75000
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France-Germany Preview: Rivals lock horns in Paris as Deschamps' men seek to build on recent form

Joachim Low's side travel to the Stade de France as they aim to secure a first win over the French in almost 26 years, but the hosts are in confident mood after recent results

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


FRANCE

France
Lloris
Debuchy, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra
Sissoko, Cabaye, Matuidi
Menez, Benzema, Ribery

GERMANY

Neuer
Howedes, Hummels, Mertesacker, Lahm
Khedira, Kroos
Muller, Ozil, Podolski
Gomez

France coach Didier Deschamps is without young Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, who pulled out of Wednesday's international friendly following his impressive performance in last week's Clasico.

Varane was replaced in the squad by Newcastle United's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, though Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny could be preferred to partner Mamadou Sakho at the back.

Fellow Magpies star Moussa Sissoko is in line for his seventh cap, with Rennes' Romain Alessandrini - earning his first call-up after a series of scintillating performances in Ligue 1, could make his international bow from the bench.

In stark contrast, Germany have been depeleted with injuries as they make the short trip to Paris, aiming to avenge last year's 1-2 defeat in Bremen.

Borussia Dortmund trio Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus all miss out, with a fourth - Ilkay Gundogan a doubt in midfield.

Lars Bender has been called up by Joachim Low to answer the midfield problem, which has also seen Bastian Schweinsteiger withdraw. Miroslav Klose has also pulled out on Monday after suffering a knee ligament injury in Lazio's defeat to Genoa in Serie A, and Mario Gomez now looks set to lead the line.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • France air 17th in the Fifa Ranking, below the likes of Mexico and Ivory Coast.

  • Les Bleus' last two games in all competitions saw them beat Euro 2012 finalists Italy in Parma and draw 1-1 with Spain.
  • France's overall record in friendlies against Germany reads W10 D5 L6 - though Germany lead the goal count 32-31.

  • The two countries met a year ago, when goals from Olivier Giroud and Florent Malouda sealed a 2-1 win for the French.
  • Germany's last visit to Paris saw them draw 0-0 in November 2005.
  • Joachim Low's men occupy second position in the Fifa Ranking.

  • Germany have not recorded a win against France for 25 and a half years, following their 2-1 win as West Germany in Berlin in 1987.

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Players to Watch
Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
One of the players impressing under Deschamps, Moussa Sissoko has endured a turbulent, if not positive last couple of months. Castigated by Toulouse, the new Newcastle signing burst onto the Premier League scene with two goals against Chelsea last weekend which surely will have seen the ex-Marseille boss take notice. A combative  player in midfield, tireless and possessing a decent passing range, he could be the key to unlock the Germans.
Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
The Arsenal striker hasn't exactly performed at the top of his game since his move to London, but still an important player for die Mannschaft, Podolski will be hoping to take advantage of the withdrawals up front to cement his place in the lineup ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers.
Prediction
Les Bleus have appeared to have turned a corner following their strong finish to an otherwise average 2012, and will fancy their chances against a Germany, particularly with their good record against the Nationalelf. Whilst Joachim Low's side are depleted with injuries, a confident France side, bursting with a rejuvenated confidence in themselves will edge this one out.
Editor's Prediction
France 1

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