What can be more exciting in the semi-finals of a great tournament like Euro 2016 than a clash between the host nation, France, and reigning world champions, Germany? The game is the absolute peak of footballing performance and will truly have everything – technique, great tactics, star players and hopefully goals.
The general consensus states that the winner of this semi-final will go on and win the title, easily surpassing Portugal or Wales. Even if that is true, there still is a question to answer: who will progress from this game in Marseille?
Betting Odds: Germany 3.00 or 2/1 Draw 3.00 or 2/1 France 2.80 or 9/5
We will look first at Germany, which are unbeaten so far in this year’s championship. The general feeling is that they always produced exactly as much as they needed to progress. They won 2 games in the group stage and drew the third one, trashed Slovakia 3-0 in the round of 16 and won on penalties against Italy in the Quarter-Finals.
They play good football, very tactically correct and are generally a very, very hard team to break. Although they started with Götze in a false nine position, they recently started to play with Gomez – who produced goals and assists in almost every game. The only disadvantage we can see so far is that their game against Italy was exhausting – France’s key players are a lot more rested.
That is mainly because they had a very easy quarter-final against Iceland. Not because the Icelanders were weak, but because the French made their game easy by leading 4-0 at half time. Key players like Giroud and Griezmann were then rested so they can be at 100% potential against the Germans.
Generally, the French produced great attacking soccer – winning most their group games, creating clear cut chances, coming from 0-1 behind to win in the round of 16. They also have 3 of the tournament’s best goalscorers: Griezmann (4 goals), Giroud and Payet (3 goals each). This offensive trident is the deadliest in this year’s championship. Add Pogba and Kante behind them, and you have a scary team.
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Semi-finals are always very hard to predict from a betting perspective. If you are looking for better ideas than picking a straightforward winner, try betting on over 1,5 goals and that France will score. One of the 3 players mentioned above will most probably find himself on the scoresheet, with Muller the most likely goalscorer from the German side.
Things are very balanced possession-wise, which can come to your advantage as a better – we think that Germany will have better possession in this game because they favor a waiting game, have more technical defenders and also enjoy playing possession football, while France plays a more direct-style approach.
At the end of the day, your inspiration is the one that will count the most. We think that combining things like Germany has more possession and Giroud, Griezmann or Payet to score are all great ideas – but you might want to go France & Over 2,5 goals. At the end of the game, we will know the two teams which will fight for the European title this year – will the host nation play the final or stop in the semis?
Betting Tips For EURO 2016 Semi-Final: Germany v France
1st Half Result: Draw 2.00 or 1/1
France and Over 2.5 Goals: 5.20 or 21/5
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