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Germany vs France: Griezmann the man to break Munich deadlock

Germany vs France Match Preview and Predictions

The biggest match of this week's inaugural Nations League takes place in Munich on Thursday night when Germany host world champions France.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Thursday 6th September

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Allianz Arena, Munich

Germany's shock early exit from the World Cup group stage meant they dropped to 15th in the world rankings but as the draw had already been made in January, they remain in the top tier.

France are now the highest-ranked team in the world following their success in Russia.

Germany vs France Betting Tips

Here are our three best bets for the Nations League game in Munich:

The lowdown

France start this heavyweight battle with the burden of expectation on their shoulders after a brilliant World Cup campaign culminated in a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.

As for Germany, Joachim Low has a tough task on his hands to raise the spirits of a side that won just one World Cup group game and even that came with the last kick of the match from Toni Kroos in a 2-1 win against Sweden.

Low must do without Mesut Ozil who announced his international retirement in the wake of Germany's exit, but Leroy Sane is back in the fold, while three new players - PSG's Thilo Kehrer, Hoffenheim's Nico Schulz and Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz - are included in the squad for the first time.

Feature match previews

If you're interested in tips on this week's internationals, check out our in-depth previews below:

As bad as Germany's exit looked from the outside, their performances were not as bad as everybody claimed and a draw at odds of 47/20 is the first of our Germany vs France predictions.

The teams drew 2-2 in a World Cup warm-up in November and we find it hard to believe that a starting XI including Neuer, Hummels, Kimmich, Boateng, Kroos, Gundogan, Reus, Sane, Muller and Werner will feel inferior to France - especially on home turf.

First goalscorer

Antoine Griezmann was the joint second highest scorer at the World Cup behind Harry Kane and he gets the nod at 11/2 to break the deadlock as one of our Germany vs France betting tips.

The Atletico Madrid striker scored twice in a 2-0 win against Germany at Euro 2016 and was on target in the 1-0 win against Rayo Vallecano two weeks ago.

Anytime goalscorer

Samuel Umtiti scored the winner against Belgium which sent France into the World Cup final but the Barcelona defender has developed a habit of scoring international goals against high-quality opposition as he did against both Italy and England in the last 15 months, so 9/1 in the anytime scorer market smacks of good value.

Where the game will be won and lost

Although this match is undoubtedly the pick of the Nations League matches, there is something of the 'after the Lord Mayor's show' about it for a France team with nothing to prove, unlike Germany who need to show they remain one of the world's best teams.

Low may hand a debut to Schulz at left-back in the absence of Jonas Hector but otherwise we expect Germany to be at full strength and looking to show that their World Cup flop was just an aberration.

An exciting game is in prospect and we expect the world champions to break the deadlock at 11/10 just as they have done in their last three meetings with Germany all of which have taken place in the last three years.

Related to that prediction, our final tip at 13/2 is for the first goal to be scored between 41-50 minutes just like it was in two of those three matches.

France took the lead in the 51st minute against Belgium in the semi-final and while that's 60 seconds out for our purposes we're expecting Germany to be on the front foot before France spark into life.

Team news

Didier Deschamps named a similar 23-man squad that proved so successful in Russia but he is without injured goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandana.

Germany are without Mesut Ozil following his international retirement and Jonas Hector after an intense start to the season with his club Cologne.

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Warren Barner
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