Horst Hrubesch’s side were surprisingly knocked out at the group stages in Israel, but are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with Paddy Power to record a morale-boosting victory over their historic rivals at the Dreisamstadion.
Les Espoirs failed to qualify for the continental tournament for the fourth consecutive occasion this summer, and are available at 21/10 (3.10) to set themselves up for next month’s opening qualifier against Kazakhstan with a win tonight.
The teams shared a 1-1 draw when they last met on German soil in 2008, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them cancelling each other out once again this time out.
Die Mannschaft’s usual defensive rigour abandoned them at the most inopportune moment in Israel, as they conceded six goals in three official matches going into the tournament before failing to keep a single clean sheet in their three group games.
This disappointment led to the dismissal of Rainer Adrion and his replacement by Euro U21 2009-winning coach Hrubesch, who seems intent on shaking things up at junior level.
The experienced manager has included 12 uncapped players in his 23-man squad, and this is likely to lead to a lack of cohesion at the back, as inexperience shines through.
However, having only failed to score once in their last 32 competitive fixtures, the Germans are unlikely to be denied in front of their own fans, and odds of 4/6 (1.67) cannot be ignored on both sides scoring in Freiburg.
Willy Sagnol has built his first selection as France Under-21 boss on the Under-20 side that won this summer’s World Cup in Turkey, where the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne, Paul Pogba and Yaya Sanogo proved their undoubted quality.
Boasting pedigree that their hosts can only envy at present, the visitors are worth a smaller stake at 21/10 (3.10) to overcome a team in transition.
|Both teams to score for a 1pt stake at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power
||France U21 to win for a 1pt stake at 21/10 (3.10) with Paddy Power|
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