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Germany take on France in the first semi-final clash of the Euro 2016 at Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, on Thursday, 7 July.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 8pm BST. BBC One and BBC One HD will provide live coverage in the United Kingdom. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Overview

Germany and France were the two favourites to win the Euro 2016 even before the start of the tournament. One of these two teams' campaigns will come to an end as they face each other in the second semi-final in Marseille.

Both sides are unbeaten in the European championship, with France winning four of their five matches, one more than that of Germany. The world champions have so far drawn two matches, including the last one against Italy.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time and the course of the match was decided on penalties. It was one of the most exciting shootouts in the history of the tournament and after nine rounds Germany beat Italy 6-5 on penalties.

Low has to make several changes to his squad as he is without the services of three key players for the clash. New Bayern Munich signing Mats Hummels will miss the match as he faces suspension.

Dimitri Payet
Payet has scored three times for France on their route to the last four.Getty

In addition to this, midfielder Sami Khedria and striker Mario Gomez are out of action with groin and thigh injuries respectively. Mario Gotze may come in place of Gomez with Thomas Muller playing the role of the striker.

France, on the other hand, have a fully fit squad and Didier Deschamps will be hoping his side can fire against Germany, who have had the best defensive record so far in the tournament. Manuel Neuer has conceded only one goal so far in the Euros and that was after Leonardo Bonucci converted from a spot kick.

The German goalkeeper is yet to concede from an open play, while France's Hugo Lloris has conceded four goals so far in the tournament. The winner of the clash between Germany and the host nation will take on Portugal in the final after Cristaino Ronaldo's side beat Wales 2-0 in the first semi-final.

Prediction

  • Germany to win

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Germany to win: 15/8
  • Draw: 21/10
  • France to win: 17/10

Team News

Germany

Possible XI: Neuer; Hector, Howedes, Boateng, Kimmich; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Draxler, Ozil, Gotze; Muller

France

Possible XI: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Kolscielny, Evra; Kante, Matuidi, Pogba; Payet, Greizmann, Giroud.