France FRA Hummels (OG 20')
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European Championship Gameweek 1
Jun 15, 2021 KO: 19:00

France - Germany

Allianz Arena München
Referee: Carlos del Cerro
Hummels (OG) 20'  

Match preview

Benzema fit - How France and Germany could line up in Euro 2020 Group F

The biggest fixture of the European Championship so far takes place on Wednesday as two juggernaut nations do battle

France head coach Didier Deschamps will be able to call upon the services of Karim Benzema for Les Bleus' opening match of Euro 2020 against Germany.

The Real Madrid striker was reinstated to the France squad for the championships after previously being ostracised by Deschamps, with his form for Los Blancos proving too good to ignore for the current national team boss.

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France had been sweating over the fitness of Benzema after he hobbled off in a friendly against Bulgaria last Sunday, but he has apparently been training fine in the week since and is in line to start against Germany in a dazzling front three alongside Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

There is currently an ongoing spat between Mbappe and Olivier Giroud which certainly doesn't present an ideal preparation scenario, but the Chelsea striker was unlikely to have forced his way into the starting XI anyway.

Corentin Tolisso started both pre-tournament friendlies against Wales and Bulgaria so should be handed a start again, with Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante the other two in the midfield three.

There are doubts over Kurt Zouma who reportedly has a knock, but Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe was always the likely duo in the centre of defence.

Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez should start in the full-back roles with captain Hugo Lloris in goal.

For Germany, they will welcome back Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller to tournament football after head coach Joachim Low kept them out of the squad for a period.

Muller will likely start in the central striker role with Champions League final match winner Kai Havertz and Bayern team-mate Serge Gnabry in support.

Leon Goretzka is not fully fit which will mean Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan partnering in the centre of the pitch.

Low has adopted a three-man defence with wing-backs in recent games and could deploy Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens in those wide spots.

In defence, expect Hummels to be flanked by Matthias Ginter and Antonio Rudiger.

Manuel Neuer will, of course, start in goal.

France v Germany: Possible starting XIs

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  Average Match Rating  
7.8
  Home  
7.6
7.2
  Away  
7.2
7.5
  Total  
7.4

Match statistics

France
Statistics
Germany
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
16
11
Draws
3
6
Losses
1
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
46
54
Goals Per Game
2.30
2.70
More > 2.5 Goals
10
14
More > 3 Goals
5
10
Scored First in a Match
15
15
Scored Both Halves
10
10
Won More > 1 Goal
10
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
12
27
Did Not Score
2
1
Both Teams Scored
8
12
Kept Clean Sheet
11
7
Won Without Conceding
10
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
821
892
Possession
62
64
Passes
648
725
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
17
Shots on Target
5.88
7.71
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.14
Crosses
21
15
Offsides
2.93
3.00
Penalties
0.15
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.55
0.35
Tackles Won
8.50
9.00
Clearances
8.94
11
Interceptions
8.13
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
16
10
Total Shots Conceded
6.44
11
Shots on Target Conceded
2.14
4.00
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.12
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
11
Yellow Cards
1.15
1.30
Red Cards
0.00
0.05