Who will win Euro 2016? We are getting ever closer to the answer as the semifinals for the 2016 UEFA European Championship will take place this week, followed by the final game on Sunday. Despite only having three games to go, Euro 2016 predictions continue to roll in regarding the final matches for the four surviving teams, including guesses as to which two teams will make it to the finals. One of these games (and the semifinal match that may be receiving the most attention) is the match between Germany and France. Both are top contenders to win the whole thing, yet Germany vs. France predictions are overall not as one-sided as prior games between these two have been in the past. Who will win Germany vs. France? Read on for an analysis of the game and our own predictions.
Euro 2016 Predictions: Germany vs. France
The semifinal match between France and Germany will take place on Thursday, July 7. at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France. The game will actually be the second of the two semifinal games to be played with the other one between Portugal and Wales. which will take place a day prior, on July 6. This means when it comes to who will win Germany vs. France, the victor, regardless of who it is, will have one less day of rest than its opponents.
During the group phase, France conquered Group A with two wins and one draw for seven points, a set which included an emotional win in the tournament opener thanks to a late tiebreaking goal by Dimitri Payet. Upon reaching the bracket and the knockout phase, they faced and bested the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in the round of 16 and then went on to best Iceland 5-2 in the quarterfinals.
Germany similarly left the group phase at the top of their group (Group C) with seven points off two wins and a draw, though they tied in their group with Poland. In the knockout phase, they faced Slovakia in the round of 16, shutting them out 3-0, and then went on to tie Italy in the quarterfinals 1-1 and subsequently won the penalty shoot-out 6-5.
Germany vs. France Predictions
Both teams have played exceptionally well over the course of the tournament—they likely would not have made it to the semifinals otherwise—and both teams have been solid picks over throughout the Euro 2016 predictions. But like many Euro predictions thus far, when two highly skilled teams face off, one has to lose and deciding which team has the better chance of moving on becomes difficult.
As with the majority of the games over the course of this tournament, both squads have largely been involved in low-scoring affairs, with France’s 5-2 defeat of Iceland being the one exception. There’s no reason to think this game between the host nation and the world champions will go any differently. However, Germany may be able to take a strong lead early on if they can chisel through France’s defense, as the French team has generally struggled in the early stages of their games before getting it together; those two goals Iceland scored should not have happened!
This isn’t to say that being down by a goal or two at any point marks the end of France. The team faces a Germany that haven’t looked very impressive all tournament despite their “world champions” status. Their most recent game against Italy went into a shoot-out and proved them to be the biggest offender yet. This lack of consistency (which has generally swayed towards the Germans playing poorly rather than great) means that France can benefit by leading a strong offense against a confused Germany defense that will be missing Mats Hummels and taking as many shots on net as they can.