Having the chance to make the change in the selection that imposed the only significant defeat after the achievement of the title of the World Cup Brazil 2014 Germany faces on Tuesday, November 14, France. The preparatory match for the World Cup in Russia takes place at 17:45 (GMT) at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne.
Germany’s recent performance
The French were responsible for the elimination of the Germans in Euro 2016. At home, they scored 2-0 sending the rivals home early on July 7. Since then the Germans have lost no more. In 20 matches, he has won 16, including ten European qualifying matches, and has drawn four times.
The most recent equality was on Friday, November 10, at Wembley, against England. The friendly ended in scoreless equality and very little football. Despite taking advantage of the ball (55% to 45%) even though he played in the opponents’ home, Germany abused the side and unproductive touches that allowed only nine attempts to finish – the same number of rivals. Of those, only four were on target. In that aspect, much better advantage than the English who only sent a ball in the direction of the goal defended by Ter Stegen.
Coach Joachim Low, as he has often done, has focused his changes on the midfield and attacking sections suggesting that his defense is set. Against the French, it should follow the same line. For this, the following athletes are available:
Goalkeepers: Marc-André Stegen (Barcelona-ESP), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen-ALE) and Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain-FRA);
Defenders: Jérôme Boateng, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich-ALE), Mathias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach-ALE), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig-ALE), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin-ALE) and Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea-ING);
Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain-FRA), Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund-ALE), Ilkay Gündogan and Leroy Sané (Manchester City-ING), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen-ALE) , Sami Khedira (Juventus-ITA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid-ESP), Mesut Özil (Arsenal-ING) and Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich-ALE);
Attackers: Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach-ALE), Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim-ALE), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig-ALE) and Amin Younes
The current form of France
Without having the same brilliance of the Germans, who obtained a 100% use in the European qualifiers, the French began fulfilling their homework in preparation for the World-wide one of Russia. Also on Friday at the Stade de France, they defeated the Wales team, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by 2-0.
The goals were scored by Griezmann and Giroud, most often attacked by coach Didier Deschamps for the starting team and most likely, if they had no problems of injury, training the offensive pair in Russia.
France had complete dominance in the friendly. He had 62% possession and tried 19 finals, but as he had been presenting throughout the qualifiers, he had problems with the quality of the kicks. Only four of them were on target. In spite of having attackers of great prominence, it has lacked a better use in the hour of defining.
This causes Deschamps to receive a lot of criticism. One of them is for not summoning Karim Benzema, Real Madrid. The striker has been stripped of the deal since he was involved in an extortion scandal against a national team mate. The coach has made it clear that he does not want to take another chance, but faces a lot of pressure from the critics and the low numbers of offensive production can cause him to review the position.
Another criticism is in relation to the option for Giroud instead of Lacazette. The two players play for Arsenal and the second player has a lot more in the English team, which made the biggest investment of its history for his hiring. Giroud is reservation. But the roles are reversed in the selection. In addition, there is still a cry for Mbappe, the young striker signed by Paris Saint-Germain, to gain more space in the selection.
Dechamps has remained true to his convictions. For the duel against Germany he has at his disposal the following players:
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Steve Mandanda (Marseille);
Defenders: Lucas Digne (PSG), Christophe Jallet (OGC Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (PSG), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Raphaël Varane Real Madrid);
Socks: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur);
Attackers: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappé (Marseille).
History of the matches Germany vs France
The French won most of their encounters against the Germans. They left celebrating 13 times. The Germans won ten matches and there were five equal matches. The most recent meeting between the teams was in Euro 2016. Playing at home, France eliminated the rival by scoring 2-0.
France has managed to perform better against larger teams than when it needs to stand up to the challenge of backhanded opponents. This makes one imagine that the confrontation of this Tuesday should be quite balanced. The desire to respond to the recent defeat and the possibility of acting at home makes the Germans the best choice for a guess. The price is 2.15 on Bet365. Draw presents prize of 3.40 and French success yields 3.30 for 1.