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Germany, France to clash in opening round of new UEFA Nations League

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A new competition is set to get underway in the world of international football, and the first round of matches sees a mouth-watering clash between Germany and France. The latter is the current world champion after beating Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Russia this past summer, while Germany was the winner of the previous edition, in 2014 in Brazil.

SHARK BITES
  • France won the last competitive meeting between these sides, 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semifinal.
  • France is unbeaten in its last four away games against Germany, winning three and drawing one.
  • France has a better head-to-head record: 13 wins against Germany’s nine.

Germany looking to bounce back to winning ways

It is fair to say that it has been a rough few months for coach Joachim Low and his German players. They were one of the favorites for the World Cup title in Russia, only to fall at the group stage following shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.

Going back further, the 2014 World Cup winners have lost four of their last six games and Low needs to arrest what has become a worrying slide. He will start with a stringent test against the country that has stolen his global crown.

Nevertheless, Germany comes into this game as the slight favorite to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League and is at +150 to do so. France, coming into this match on the back of four straight wins and 11 goals scored during that time, is only slightly higher at +180 to take the points and extend its recent good form in Germany.

A draw, meanwhile, is at +230 and given how evenly matched these two teams look, it may well be worth backing. A 1-1 draw comes in at +500.

We could expect goals in this game

Under the stewardship of Didier Deschamps, the French made a slow start to the World Cup, but when they got going they were simply scintillating. And with the likes of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann to drive the team forward, we could well see goals in this clash as well.

OVER 2.5 goals in the match is priced at -106, while both teams to score is at -138. As ever, of course, the more specific you are with your bets, the higher those potential rewards become.

You can combine the number of goals in the game with an outcome. For example, OVER 2.5 goals in the game and a Germany win comes in at +300, with OVER 2.5 goals and a France win only slightly higher at +375.

Meanwhile, OVER 2.5 goals and both teams to score is priced at +125, and you can also bet on the exact number of goals you think there will be in the match. A single goal is at +375, while two goals drops down to +250 and three goals is at +333.

France is on a high while Germany is under pressure

Despite having home advantage in this game, it is tempting to look past Germany when it comes to your bets. France is without doubt the form side, while Joachim Low must start his rebuilding project under the intense eye of the nation’s public and sporting media, knowing one wrong turn could spell the end of his tenure.

The Germans may start on the front foot given the fact that they are on their own patch and in front of their own fans, but if Paul Pogba brings his World Cup form to Germany, the hosts could well be in trouble. However, given the attacking talent of both teams, it is likely we could see an entertaining contest.

You can back France to come from behind at a price of +1000, while they are at +400 to win to nil (without Germany scoring a goal). The hosts, meanwhile, are at -138 to win either half, while you can get them at +275 to score in both halves. This is a game that would have been worthy of the World Cup final, but, for vastly differing reasons, this UEFA Nations League encounter will bring its own pressures to both managers.

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