World Cup winners meet former world champions in first competitive fixture of new UEFA competition
This coming Thursday evening (6 September) sees a mouth watering clash as Germany and France meet in their first fixtures since the World Cup. The setting is the UEFA Nations League, the new competition established by European football’s governing body to try and give adequate competition to the top sides on the continent outside of the major summer tournaments.
First things first
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Where can I win money in this tie?
The group games in the UEFA Nations League will take place over the international match days in September, October and November. Those that win their groups will then go into the finals (the knock-out stage) to be held in June 2019, once the European domestic seasons are concluded.
The idea is to make the qualification process for Euro 2020 more streamlined. Ten groups will now see two teams qualify automatically without the need for a play-off round, with the four other places being made up of the UEFA Nations League winners – Leagues A, B, C and D, with the draw for Euro 2020 qualifiers set to be made after the conclusion of the UEFA Nations League.
And without a doubt the pick of this first round of matches is the meeting between Germany and France. The latter won the World Cup in Russia this summer, while the Germans won the previous edition of the event in Brazil back in 2014.
Germany endured a desperately disappointing campaign in Russia, losing two of their three games and crashing out at the group stage. Coach Joachim Low has managed to keep his job and his first test after the World Cup is a strict one to say the least – nevertheless, the manager and the German public will hope for an immediate reaction.
And looking at a simple bet considering only the outcome of the match, and it is Germany who come into this clash as the favourites. You can more than double your money by backing Low’s side at a price of 2.50, according to Oddsshark.
France are not that much higher however andgiven their form this summer they may well be worth backing in this encounter. You can almost triple your investment if you back the Blues to win this one at 2.80 – a draw, meanwhile, would look to be the least likely result and is priced accordingly at 3.30.
The most recent competitive match between Germany and France came over two years ago, in the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2016. With home advantage that time France prevailed 2-0, although they are unlikely to have it all their own way this time – for one thing, they are the visiting team this time around.
Germany will now be playing on their own patch, in front of their own fans, and they will look to turn that to their advantage. And while it is never easy to try and predict the exact score line in any match, a narrow, 1-0 win for Germany is priced competitively at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out.
Given the fact that these two teams are so well matched – on paper, at least – you may feel it is a safer bet going for the “Double Chance” option, which gives you the opportunity to select two possible outcomes for the game rather than just one. A Germany win or a draw is priced at just 1.42, while a France win or a draw is at the slightly higher price of 1.57 – alternatively, you can back either side to pick up the win at 1.34.
The last meeting between these two teams was less than a year ago in a friendly which ended in a 2-2 draw. While there may not be quite so many goals in this one, a 1-1 draw is priced at 6.00, giving you the chance to claim US$30 for a US$5 bet, for example.
Under 2.5 goals in this game meanwhile comes in at 1.85, and you can back both teams to score at 1.72. Over 2.5 goals is at 2.05, giving you the chance to more than double your money.
UEFA Nations League fixtures
Thursday, 6 September
(2.45) Kazakhstan v Georgia (3.00); draw (3.10)
(2.20) Czech Republic x Ukraine (3.40); draw (3.20)
(2.50) Germany x France (2.80); draw (2.80)
(1.28) Latvia x Andorra (15.00); draw (4.50)
(1.40) Norway x Cyprus (9.00); draw (4.20)
(2.10) Slovenia x Bulgaria (4.00); draw (3.00)
(2.10) Wales x Ireland (3.75); draw (3.10)