France were phenomenal against Iceland and Didier Deschamps’ men can prosper against their depleted opponents
After a slow start to the tournament, France will be full of confidence after putting Iceland to the sword in the quarter-finals. Deschamps’ side put five goals past their Nordic opponents and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see France go for the jugular again in the semi-finals. After all, they have enough offensive power to breeze past Joachim Loew’s Germany – IF they perform at their best.
Everybody was on-song against Iceland. Even Olivier Giroud. And now, we have three France players battling it out for the Golden Boot award. Antoine Griezmann (8/11) is currently leading the way with four goals whilst Olivier Giroud (6/1) and Dimitri Payet (8/1) both have three. And many punters will be backing at least one of these stars to net past Manuel Neuer on Thursday…
I’ve gone for Payet. The West Ham man has been France’s saviour at times throughout the tournament and he could be the one to inspire his nation to the Euro 2016 final. Payet has been simply sublime this season but the 29-year-old might have one more moment of magic up his sleeve. At 13/5 to score during 90 minutes, he’s very well priced and could be the difference maker once again.
Germany required a nervy penalty shootout to scrape past Italy in the quarter-finals and that epic contest may have taken its toll on Loew’s side. Sami Khedira, Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all either ruled out or doubtful to play any part in Thursday’s clash and the Germany boss now has a major selection headache over his starting line-up.
Mario Gotze hasn’t played much football at all this season but Loew may be forced to hand him a starting role in the semi-final. The Bayern Munich midfielder netted the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final but has struggled to push on and claim a regular spot at the Allianz Arena. Who knows, this could be the moment to reignite his professional career…
To make matters worse, Mats Hummels has been ruled out through suspension after picking up two yellow cards. With Germany’s resources already stretched, Loew really will have to pull a master plan out of the bag on Thursday night. But as we’ve seen time and time again, if anyone is capable of performing the unthinkable, it is the Germany boss…
In many ways, this is a tough one to call. If both teams were at full strength, this would be almost impossible to call. However, it would be foolish to back against France after Sunday’s result against Iceland. Home advantage and no serious injury issues should mean that France have enough to book their place in the final – especially with Payet, Pogba and Griezmann in fine form.
France to win @ 9/5Add to betslip
Dimitri Payet to score anytime @ 13/5Add to betslip
Draw half-time, France full-time @ 9/2Add to betslip
Correct Score: France to win 2-1 @ 9/1Add to betslip
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