UEFA Nations League preview: Germany and France to meet in crunch clash

New European competition will get off to huge start, with current and former world champions going head to head


Having claimed the ultimate prize in international football this past summer at the World Cup in Russia, new world champions France kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign away to Germany, the winners of the 2014 World Cup. The match is set for this coming Thursday (6 September) and will ensure that this new European tournament will capture the interest of fans from the very off.

Getting the ball rolling

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Where can I win money in this tie?

Both Germany and France find themselves in League A for the UEFA Nations League, as they are among the highest ranked teams in the continent. They are in a three-team group alongside Holland, with the group winners then going on to contest the semi-finals, while the four teams that finish bottom of the three-team groups will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the competition.

This looks like being a close game between two of the most trophy laden teams in the history of international football. In addition to being the last two winners of the FIFA World Cup (Germany in 2014 and France earlier this year), the two countries have won a grand total of five European Championship titles between them (three for Germany and two for France).

Joachim Low and his German side will be smarting following their desperately poor showing at the World Cup this past summer. The 2014 world champions won just one of their group games and were eliminated at the first phase, and will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

As such, it is the Germans who come into this match as the favourites to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League. You can more than double your money by backing Low’s men to walk away triumphant at 2.50, while France are only slightly higher themselves at 2.80, according to Oddsshark .

However, Germany’s recent form has been patchy at best. There have been three defeats in their last five outings – including losses to Mexico and South Korea at the World Cup – and the pressure for an immediate reaction to that setback is likely to be enormous.

France, on the other hand, have won four matches in a row, and there have been goals galore in those games. At the World Cup, there was a 4-3 win over Argentina, a 2-0 victory over Uruguay and they beat Croatia 4-2 in a hugely entertaining final.

Given the way the Blues like to play we could well see goals in this tie, and you can more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game. And while it is never easy trying to predict the exact score line of a match, a 2-1 win for the French is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment.

And when it comes to the head to head record between the two teams, it is again France who have the advantage. In 29 previous matches France have won 13, with Germany winning seven and nine matches ending in a stalemate – a draw in this one is priced at 3.30, giving you the chance to more than triple your money.

With both sides likely to try and take the initiative, the chances of an early goal would appear to be good. You can back over 0.5 goals in the first 10 minutes, at 4.50, with both Germany and France at 9.50 to be ahead by the end of that period.

And you could also more than triple your money if you think there will be more goals in the first half, at a price of 3.20. More goals in the second half is at the shorter price of 2.05, with a tie at 3.50.

And it is always worth remembering that being more specific in your betting will reap higher rewards. Over 2.5 goals in the game already looks a good bet, while you can combine that with a Germany win at a price of 4.00.

UEFA Nations League fixtures

Thursday, 6 September

(2.45) Kazakhstan v Georgia (3.00); draw (3.10)

(2.20) Czech Republic x Ukraine (3.40); draw (3.20)

(2.50) Germany x France (2.80); draw (2.80)

(1.28) Latvia x Andorra (15.00); draw (4.50)

(1.40) Norway x Cyprus (9.00); draw (4.20)

(2.10) Slovenia x Bulgaria (4.00); draw (3.00)

(2.10) Wales x Ireland (3.75); draw (3.10)