France vs Germany Euro 2016 Betting Tips
Euro 2016 Semi Final Preview & Prediction
By Angelo Montilla
France (+170) Vs Germany (+200)
Germany star striker Thomas Muller is not concerned about being held off the score sheet at Euro 2016 as the defending World Cup champions prepare to face a French team full of firepower in a semifinal clash on Thursday.
Despite playing in all five of Germany’s matches in the tournament, the Bayern Munich forward has yet to find the back of the net. However, Muller is more focused on helping his side reach the final rather than padding his own personal stats.
“It doesn’t kill me,” Muller told reporters during a news conference. “I was the top scorer at the 2010 World Cup, but we lost the semifinal against Spain in which I was suspended as well. We won the World Cup in Brazil and I was not the top scorer.”
Germany is coming off a dramatic penalty kick shootout victory over Italy in the quarterfinals, while France booked its spot in the semis with a convincing 5-2 win over Iceland — ending the country’s storybook run at the tournament. The Germans enter the match unbeaten in their last six contests. France is also on a hot streak, as they have yet to lose in nine matches.
There’s a long history between these two soccer giants as they’ve clashed 27 previous times. France holds the edge with 12 victories to Germany’s nine and the teams have tied six other meetings. Both countries are deadlocked at 43 goals apiece in their previous encounters.
Their history should translate to Thursday’s match as the contest is expected to be too close to call.
Bovada agrees as the online sportsbook has this match essentially as a pick’em game with both teams at +175 favorites. Bovada also has a +290 line that France will walk away with a shutout victory — not a bad bet considering the Germans will be without striker Mario Gomez and Muller continuing to struggle at the tournament.
France is +180 favorites to score the match’s opening goal and take the victory. When considering who may score first for the French, look no further than the tournament’s leading goal scorer Antoine Griezmann, who has four goals. Bovada has the striker at +330 to net the first goal for France. However, Olivier Giroud (+300) and Dimitri Payet (+400) are also strong bets to open the scoring for France.
The Germans will rely heavily on Muller with Gomez sidelined for the rest of the European Championship. Bovada pegs Muller at +275 to score Germany’s first goal, but the team may have to turn to other players to provide offense.
Germany will also be without midfielders Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger — both sidelined with injuries.
Other strong options to look at include Mario Gotze, who Bovada pegs at +400 to score Germany’s opening goal as well as Mesut Ozil at +500.
France, coming off a convincing victory, will fee off its home fans to get past Germany in this highly anticipated final four match.
Pick: France (+170)
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