Euro 2016: All you need to know ahead of the semi-final between Germany and France

Thomas Mueller (left) and Olivier Giroud will go head-to-head when France face Germany in their Euro 2016 semi-finals match.
Thomas Mueller (left) and Olivier Giroud will go head-to-head when France face Germany in their Euro 2016 semi-finals match.PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

WHAT TIME IS IT?

The match at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille kicks off on July 8, at 3am (Singapore time).

WHAT IS AT STAKE?

A place as favourites in Monday morning's final against Portugal at the Stade de France. Germany are bidding to become the first team to win four European Championship titles. Hosts France would join Germany and Spain on a record three titles should they lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

HAVE THEY MET BEFORE?

Plenty of times - 27 to be exact. Germany have won 10, drawn five, and lost 12. Crucially, however, they have the edge in competitive games. In their four previous meetings at major tournaments, Die Mannschaft emerged victorious three times. France won 6-3 at the 1958 World Cup but have not beaten the Germans when it matters since.

 

WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?

France are slight favourites due to their home advantage. Didier Deschamp's men also did not have to play 120 minutes in the quarter-finals. They cruised to a 5-2 win over Iceland in regulation while Germany needed to defeat Italy in a penalty shootout.

HOW BIG IS HOME ADVANTAGE?

It has been huge for France. Les Bleus won the last two tournaments they hosted - the 1984 European Championship and the 1998 World Cup. They are unbeaten in their last 17 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 15 and drawing two.

Germany, however, have enjoyed being party poopers. The last time they faced the hosts of a major tournament, they thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. That was the seventh time they ended the progress of a host nation at a major tournament - and six of those occasions were semi-final clashes.

 

WILL WE SEE ANOTHER PENALTY SHOOTOUT?

That cannot be ruled out. The only certainty is that if it does go to penalties, something has got to give. The good news for Germany is that they have a perfect record in shootouts since 1982, winning all six. The bad news for Joachim Low's side is that no team has won back-to-back penalty shootouts at the European Championship.

ARE BOTH SQUADS AT FULL STRENGTH?

Deschamps has a fully-fit squad to choose from but Germany will be missing key players. They will be without Mats Hummels through suspension. The centre-back scored was the matchwinner when these two sides met in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup. Mario Gomez, Germany's only out-and-out striker, and midfielder Sami Khedira have also been ruled out because of injury.

WHY WILL GERMANY WIN?

The reigning world champions are the best team on the planet and they have kept it tight at the back. Germany have conceded just one goal en route to the semi-finals - and that was a penalty against Italy.

WHY WILL FRANCE WIN?

They are peaking at the right time and getting goals from various sources. Antoine Griezmann (four goals and two assists), Olivier Giroud (three goals and two assists) and Dimitri Payet (three goals and two assists) have almost turned the Golden Boot race into a battle among themselves.