Date: Thursday 7th July Venue: Stade Velodrome Competition: Euro 2016 Semi-Finals KO: 20.00
Germany have a number of players out of the semi-final. Mats Hummels is suspended so Benedikt Howedes could partner Jerome Boateng in the centre of defence.
Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira have been ruled out of the rest of the tournament. Gomez could well be replaced by either Thomas Muller or Mario Gotze up front.
France forward Olivier Giroud is a doubt but could be fit for the game. But they have Adil Rami and N’Golo Kante available again after they missed the quarter-final win over Iceland through suspension.
This quarter-final is a repeat of the World Cup match at the same stage two years ago. Germany ran out 1-0 winners in that game thanks to a Mats Hummels header in Brazil. The new Bayern Munich player will not however be present in this game and France will note that as an advantage to them going forward.
France have improved with every game and destroyed an exhausted Iceland side on Sunday evening 5-2. With the injuries and suspensions to the Germany squad, hosts France will be slight favourites but as everyone knows, you can never write Germany off in a tournament game.
Expect a raucous atmosphere in the Stade Velodrome in Marseille with fans from both nations in good voice. This game going to extra-time and penalties is not our of the question before a final meeting with either Portugal or Wales on Sunday in Paris.
Both sides will be keen to dominate the ball early on and break quickly against the other. France forward Antoine Griezmann is the danger man for France and Germany’s main goal threat Thomas Muller has failed to get going thus far in the tournament.
France have won three of the last six games against Germany.
Germany have conceded only one goal in Euro 2016 so far and none from open play.
Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl will make his first appearance of the tournament if selected.
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Howedes, Hector; Weigl, Kroos; Muller, Ozil, Draxler; Gotze
France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Kante, Matuidi, Pogba; Griezmann, Payet; Giroud
Prediction: Germany 2-1 France