The mighty home of Borussia Dortmund, Westfalenstadion, hosts an international friendly between two of the giants of European football on Tuesday evening, as Germany take on France. We’ve previewed this one and given you our best bets.
Germany’s (2/1) preparation for their upcoming hosting of the European Championships 2024 continues to go from bad to worse.
Head Coach Hansi Flick was finally sacked after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Japan, becoming the first coach of Germany to receive his marching orders since the role was created in 1926.
That dismissal follows a dismal run of form, with the Euro2024 hosts losing four of their last five games and with Flick boasting a win percentage of less than 50% with Die Mannnschaft.
In steps former manager and current director of the national side, Rudi Voller, to take the temporary reins as the recruitment for Flick’s successor takes place behind the scenes.
Would the likes of Julian Nagelsmann or even Jurgen Klopp be tempted by the chance to lead their country in to a home-held major international tournament? We will have to wait and see…
France (23/20), on the other hand, have maintained their stellar form from the Qatar World Cup and have won all five fixtures since that devastating final loss.
What better way to respond to such a bitter disappointment than to immediately win their continental trophy as a hugely rewarding consolation prize?
Germany have called up Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross for the first time but he looks unlikely to feature from the start under Voller.
France are without Olivier Giroud, after he picked up a knock on the ankle against Ireland. Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani looks set to deputise.
France to win to nil – 16/5
Didier Deschamps’ side have responded in the ultimate way, after losing to Lionel Messi & Co in Doha.
Not only have Les Bleus won all five games they have played but they are yet to even concede a goal.
I don’t see that changing on Tuesday night, against a German side that boast just one goal in their last three games and that recently got walloped by Japan.
Kylian Mbappe to score anytime – 13/10
The 24-year-old continues to go from strength to strength and has had a ridiculous 2023, following his hat trick heroics for the national side in the Middle East.
Mbappe finished last season with 41 goals from 43 games in all competitions, has five in his three games so far this season and has four goals and an assist in Euro 2024 qualifying.
With Giroud missing on Tuesday, extra impetus will fall on the young man’s broad shoulders to get forward into the box. Mbappe won’t struggle to oblige.