France vs Germany: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread

Things start to get serious now as we enter the World Cup quarterfinals, which kick off with the meeting of two old rivals, France and Germany.

Where to watch –

The 12 PM EST/9 AM PST kick-off can be watched at –

English language: ESPN2 and WatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee –

Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

Starting lineups – 

France:  Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba

Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng.

Statistics –

Germany dominated Algeria in their last game, which was evidenced by their 29 attempts on goal throughout the match. Then enjoyed almost two-thirds of the possession as well and had an impressive 82% pass completion rate.

As for France, they had a comparatively stiffer outing against Nigeria who restricted them to just 9 shots on target. They even slightly edged France in possession with 51% – something which they will have to work on against Germany.

France and Germany have met on 25 occasions previously, and it is the French who lead the head-to-head record with 11 wins compared to Germany’s 8. While comparing their respective numbers this World Cup, there is not much to separate these two teams.

While Germany have so far scored 9 goals to France’s 8, and boast a superior shot accuracy % (70% compared to France’s 60%), France have more attempts on goal per game (19.3 to Germany’s 16.5). Both have the same pass completion rate of 80% as well.

Players to watch –

The Germans were made to sweat in the Round of 16, but it was due to the composed and collected Mesut Ozil who turned out to be the difference. He will have a major role to play today as well.

It was the young Paul Pogba who opened the scoring for France last time, apart from having a fantastic overall performance in midfield. He will have his work cut out for him in halting the likes of Ozil and Kroos (if they are not one of those affected by the flu and manage to play today).

Prediction –

Expect it to be a battle that will be won in midfield. Khedira, Ozil and Kroos will have an intense battle against Pogba, Valbuena and Cabaye. Though Germany are slight favorites to win this game, I expect it to be an intensely fought game and one which could possibly go to penalties. In the end, I feel Germany will emerge triumphant.

France 2-2 Germany (after extra time)

Germany win 4-3 on penalties.

Agree with my prediction? Do you feel Germany will be impacted by the flu? What are your thoughts on this big match, and who do you think will win? Tell us below!

22 thoughts on “France vs Germany: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread”

  1. Happy 4th of July to all. What a great day of football ahead of us feels like Christmas.

    Germany 3 France 2 :) Klose breaks the goal record!

    1. Happy 4th of July to you too jtm!

      Brilliant header by Mats Hummels. That goal should open this game up even more.

  2. Had to turn off the ESPN commentary, I can’t stomach any more of it. The constant advertising of upcoming games, the stale references to France’s meltdown in 2010 (which has been a staple of every France game), the tired 1982 Schumacher-Battiston aspect … I don’t know, I can’t deal with it.

  3. Normally on July 4 I like to stay in and watch James Bond movies. By watching this game instead, at least I will have the pleasure of seeing one of England’s mortal enemies go home. Go Germany/France!

  4. So much for the record zero for one in predictions.

    Germany sleep walking thru second half could get nicked.

  5. Disappointing end for France. Going out with a whimper. Only Benzema looks like he cares. Germany grinding their way to the final.

    1. Maybe Colombia and Brazil will have a classic. With the early goal thought it might open up never happened. Never felt the urgency from France after going down a goal. Oh well GO COLOMBIA!

  6. I would take a flyer on Griezmann good speed and heart not afraid to mix it up. Not his best match today but had a good tournament.

  7. So much for the post-match coverage for Germany-France. ESPN2 goes into the hot dog eating contest (seriously). And ESPN’s SportsCenter are laboring on about where LeBron James is going to go. I’ll be watching Univision for the rest of the day.

    1. Come on Gaffer, what could be more American than an event where competitors stuff their faces with processed cow parts? Totally understandable why ESPN would shove the World Cup aside for such a spectacle.

      1. Smokey: The way the competitors shove endless amounts of hot dog into their mouth & the endless wondering whether someone will puke is what truly makes it a spectacle. It’s right up there alongside watching grass grow & paint drying…

      1. Moreno is only less then good when he’s team with Fernando Palomo. Otherwise he’s ok for a former player turned color annalist.

        Have to remember when he expresses himself it’s from his Latin feeling/mindset.

  8. France showed little of what they did in group stage and Germany does what they do, score a goal, play stoic and in the end manage to win.

    Hopefully Columbia keeps playing like they have and don’t get conservative and pull back vs Brazil and succumb to the pressure.

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