Mats Hummels (r.) of FC Bayern München will lock horns with France striker Olivier Giroud (l.) once again. - © © gettyimages / Hangst
Mats Hummels (r.) of FC Bayern München will lock horns with France striker Olivier Giroud (l.) once again. - © © gettyimages / Hangst

Five reasons why Germany will beat France

They are the reigning world champions and have not lost to the hosts at a major tournament in half a century, but those are not the only things in Germany’s favour heading into Thursday’s UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final with France in Marseille (kick-off 21:00CEST/19:00GMT).

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We present five reasons why Joachim Löw’s band of Bundesliga brothers will prevail…

1) A better tournament record

The two sides have never met at a European Championship, and while France won their first FIFA World Cup meeting in the 1958 third-place play-off, Germany have dominated since. Die Nationalmannschaft won through on penalties in the 1982 semi-final and by a 2-0 scoreline at the same stage four years later, before edging past Les Bleus in the quarter-finals in 2014 courtesy of a Mats Hummels header.

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3) No fear of home nations

As aforementioned, Germany are unbeaten in their last nine tournament matches against host nations, winning seven. Their last defeat to such an opponent was way back in the 1966 World Cup final against England, and even that was in extra time.

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4) The best defence

FC Bayern München’s Manuel Neuer set a new tournament record by going 557 minutes without conceding before Leonardo Bonucci’s penalty for Italy in the quarter-final found the back of the net. The spot-kick was the only goal Germany have conceded so far, while their opponents France have shipped four goals, including two against Iceland in the last eight.

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'We’ve got Coman!'

Of course, with Bayern’s Kingsley Coman in their ranks, France are perfectly capable of winning the tie as well. With no fewer than six of his Bayern team-mates in the Germany squad, the 20-year-old will have no trouble psyching himself up.