Germany v France: Giants Kick Off Nations League Era
With memories of a great World Cup still fresh in the mind, a new competitive international tournament begins this week. The UEFA Nations League has largely been brought in to dispense with meaningless friendlies that do little more than interrupt the flow of the new domestic divisions.
There are a number of standout fixtures this week but the competition begins on Thursday in Munich as Germany host newly crowned World Champions France.
After a poor tournament in Russia, Joachim Low and his side begin an era of rebuilding and the Germans have the support of the bookmakers in a tight result market. The home side are the favourites for the win at best odds of 157/100 with MarathonBet while a win for France is on offer at a top price of 19/10 with SportingBet.
Completing the market is the draw at a best figure of 62/25 with MarathonBet again and that’s a real tempter for a game between two evenly matched teams. We know all about Germany’s troubles at the World Cup but they remain one of football’s superpowers even though Coach Low has some rebuilding to do.
It will also be interesting to see how seriously sides take this competition. Of course there is some silverware at stake but the UEFA Nations League doesn’t quite have the kudos of a World Cup. In addition, we know that some of the top players are still working their way back to full fitness after a long tournament in Russia so perhaps we could be in for a cagey 90 minutes in Munich.
Individual Goal Scorers
There’s certainly no lack of firepower in the two squads and the first goalscorer market is headed by Germany’s Timo Werner who is available at best odds of 5/1 with Betway and 188Bet to open the scoring.
France’s Antoine Griezmann follows at a top price of 11/2 with William Hill and SportingBet and then we have the exciting youngster Kylian Mbappe at a best of 6/1 with 10Bet. Germany’s Thomas Muller is always a threat from slightly further back and he can be claimed at best odds of 7/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa while Leroy Sane at a top price of 8/1 with the same two bookmakers will be looking to make an impression after being left out of the squad for Russia.
Moving into midfield, Paul Pogba provided useful contributions for France at the World Cup and having found the target for Manchester United, albeit from the penalty spot, there will be some interest in his best odds of 12/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa once again.
We tend to play safe with the goal scorers and switch to the anytime market but this time we’ll opt for Thomas Muller to find the net first. Like the rest of the German squad, Muller had a poor time of it at the World Cup but he will be keen to show that he has a future at international level.
The 28 year old has also started the 2018/19 season brightly with two goals in two Bundesliga games so we’re going straight in with Muller to score first.
Other Side Bets
Looking at the most common side bets, the Both Teams to Score Option is available for this game at best odds of 4/5 with SportingBet. France were prolific at Russia 2018 but they were also a little vulnerable at the back as Argentina scored three in the last 16 match and Croatia managed two in the final.
With first choice keeper Hugo Lloris nursing an injury, this could prove to be one of the safer bets for Thursday night’s game. Germany’s issues up front in Russia makes this a little less certain but we’re expecting a more positive showing from Low’s side.
Elsewhere, you can get Under 2.5 goals at 8/7 with MarathonBet while a Correct Score of 1-1 is tempting us at a top price of 11/2 with Boylesports but while our opening tips are marginal long shots, we’ll complete with the safer option of BTTS.
Hopefully we’ll see the UEFA Nations League get off to a cracking start but in Munich, a cagey 90 minutes will hopefully lead to some profits via the following predictions.
- The Draw at 63/25 with MarathonBet
- Thomas Muller to score the first goal at 7/1 with 10Bet
- Both Teams to Score at 4/5 with SportingBet