Two international heavyweights are set to do battle on Tuesday night in Cologne as Germany host France in a friendly.
The reigning World Cup champions were held to a dull goalless affair on Friday night against an inexperienced England despite enjoying large shares of possession and better goal scoring opportunities. Timo Werner having 2 efforts clawed away by England debutant Jordan Pickford while Jesse Lingard should really have done better with virtually the last kick of the game.
The draw at Wembley ended a run of 7 wins on the bounce, however Germany are still the champions of the world and are to be feared especially with the likes of in-form players such as Leroy Sane and Timo Werner coupled with established professionals Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller.
They were the only country to record an impressive 100% record in World Cup qualifying with 10 victories; scoring an impressive 43 goals and have also won all 7 of their home matches since Euro 2016 where the last defeat they suffered was a 2-0 defeat against Euro finalists France.
France have had a solid campaign themselves, finishing top of their group despite freak results against Luxembourg and Sweden before qualifying with a narrow victory away win against Belarus.
Didier Deschamps “Les Bleus” enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win on Friday night against Wales with goals either side of half time from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. That win extended their unbeaten run to 7 games; scoring 12 goals in the process, thus prompting French fans to expect a promising World Cup in Russia next summer.
The manager has an abundance of talent to choose from in his squad. The strength of depth is frightening to say the least, not least the attacking options which include Kylian Mbappe, Antionne Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial and Alexander Lacazette.
The task Deschamps face from now until Russia is not picking his squad, it will be finding the right balance to allow his talents to flourish, which Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso did so well to provide a solid midfield foundation on Friday night.
Joachim Low is will be making changes to his team for the visit of France. Centre back Jerome Boateng is suffering with a muscle strain and has returned to Bayern Munch meanwhile Mario Gotze is set for his comeback on the international scene for the first time since November 2016. France on the other hand, who are missing Paul Pogba with an ongoing thigh injury are expected to hand a full debut to Benjamin Pavard, while Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann are both expected to start.
The game might prove to be tantalising affair with players looking to book a place on the plane for the summer tournament. It will be interesting to see how Germany cope with the potent French attack and vice versa.
Prediction: Germany 2 -2 France