Germany Women vs France Women preview & prediction
Germany have been in fine form across all areas of the pitch throughout the tournament, and we expect the record European Championship winners to draw upon their historic success at the tournament to edge out France on Wednesday.
Germany have been in impressive form throughout the tournament, scoring 11 goals in their four games, while they are yet to concede.
They began the tournament with a 4-0 win over Denmark before Spain and Finland were also brushed aside as Germany eased to top spot.
Austria awaited the eight-time European champions in the quarter-final, and they made a fine start, with Lina Magull opening the scoring in the 25th minute.
Although they faced a fightback from Austria – who hit the woodwork on a number of occasions – Germany held firm before Alex Popp benefitted from a Manuela Zinsberger mistake to wrap up a 2-0 victory.
After negotiating a tricky quarter-final tie, the record European Championship winners will look forward to Wednesday’s semi-final where they will have the chance to maintain their unbeaten record against France at major tournaments.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side will also draw confidence from the fact that they are unbeaten in their previous six European Championship semi-finals.
While Germany are aiming to win their ninth European Championship trophy, France are dreaming about winning a major tournament for the first time.
In contrast to their opponents, France conceded in every group game, but their quality in attack ensured that they progressed to the quarter-finals with minimal fuss.
Italy were dispatched by a comprehensive 5-1 scoreline before France clinched a narrow 2-1 victory over Belgium to guarantee top spot in their group after two games.
A 1-1 draw with Iceland wrapped up the group stage, and another cagey contest played out in the quarter-finals when France faced defending champions Netherlands.
With the encounter still goalless after 90 minutes, the quarter-final tie was decided in extra time when Eve Perisset held her nerve to dispatch her spot kick in the 102nd minute.
Diacre will now try to mastermind a win in France’s first semi-final appearance at the European Championships, where they will also bid to extend an 18-game unbeaten run.
Although their head-to-head record against Germany at major tournaments leaves a lot to be desired, France may take inspiration from the 1-0 win that they recorded in the most recent meeting between the two nations in June 2021
In the absence of Marie-Antoinette Katoto – who sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in France’s second group game – a front three made up of Kadidiatou Diani, Delphine Cascarino and Melvine Malard will look to provide the goal threat.
Possible correct score: Germany Women 2-1 France Women
Germany Women 1-0 France Women
Value bets: Germany win
Germany win or draw & under 3.5