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Germany take on France to begin their Euro 2020 campaign in Group F on Tuesday evening.
The group hosts the two previous World Cup winners and the current European Championship holders, in Germany, France and Portugal.
It is without a shadow of a doubt the Group of Death at this summer’s competition.
And despite patchy form in recent years and a disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign, Germany will fancy their chances.
Champions League final heroes Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner will be looking to continue their excellent form.
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Meanwhile Joachim Low will also be boosted by the return of Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels in the national team after a two-year absence following their omission back in March 2019.
The Germans were embarrassed by a dramatic defeat to North Macedonia in their last competitive fixture in March which has dampened expectations back home.
That could play to Low’s advantage.
Germany will play all three of their group games in Munich at Bayern Munich’s spectacular Allianz Arena. With fans expected to attend even in low numbers, this could be another significant boost in Low’s favour.
France on the other hand are shackled by the weight of expectations back home. The golden generation who lifted the World Cup in 2018 are expected to continue where they left off.
France have their very own international returnee.
Karim Benzema missed both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup but Didier Deschamps decided to call-up the Real Madrid forward after an almost seven-year absence in a remarkable turn of events.
With France's spine much the same as the 2018 World Cup, and most of Deschamps' young stars reaching their prime, it is no surprise they are the favourites for the tournament.
N'Golo Kanté’s man of the match Champions League final performance for Chelsea means he will be entering the tournament in top condition too and he could play a key role at the heart of midfield.
Deschamps' biggest headache will be upfront. The former World Cup winner will have to select between Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman for the game against Germany.
And with Mbappe and Giroud already involved in a spat behind the scenes, there could be a little unrest to knock his side off course.
However, with the tournament enabling five subs per game, the multitude of attacking options at Deschamps disposal will only mean that if things go awry, he will have plenty of room to adjust his personnel.
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France and Germany have faced each other a total of 31 times in competitive games. France have the slightly better record over the Germans, winning 14 of the games compared to Germany’s 10.
The last competitive tie between the two dates back to October 2018 in the Nations League where France secured a narrow 2-1 win thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann.
Meanwhile the last time the two met each other in a major competition was the 2014 World Cup where Germany beat France 1-0 in the quarter finals. The goalscorer in that game was Germany’s returning star, Mats Hummels.
What time is France vs Germany?
France vs Germany will kick-off at 8pm on Tuesday 15 June in Munich.
What TV channel is it on?
The game will be shown on ITV 1, with coverage starting from 7:30.
France – 33/20
Draw – 43/20
Germany – 19/10
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