7th Jul 2016 | Euro 2016
The loss of Mario Gomez is a big blow for Joachim Low and the additional absences of Hummels and Khedira make it advantage hosts.
The mouthwatering semi-final between the hosts and the world champions should be decided by who currently has the most firepower.
France have two strikers on top form - Griezmann has four goals while Giroud has three - and a playmaker in Dimitri Payet who is as likely to score as to create at any time. They are a best price 11/2 (PaddyPower) to win with both teams to score .
It’s likely that Germany will find a goal somehow, partly because of ongoing question marks over Deschamps’ defence, but Low must envy the forward options of his counterpart.
Make no mistake that the loss of Mario Gomez to injury could be significant. Thomas Muller is having a torrid time having failed to net in five outings here, even missing his penalty in the shootout against Italy.
Either he regains his touch fast or the hosts will progress in 90 minutes, possibly even with something to spare.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 08:51 7th Jul, 2016 but subject to change