Germany v France Euro 2016 Red/Yellow Card Betting

Updated Wednesday 6th July 2016, 02:56 PM

For the older generation, Germany v France conjures up memories of the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Seville. The game finished 3-3 after 120 minutes of pulsating action, only for Germany to progress to the final on penalties (naturally). However, the game will always be remembered for the gruesome tackle by German goalkeeper Harald (Toni) Schumacher on French defender Patrick Battiston. The challenge, which left Battiston with damaged vertebrae and missing teeth, is widely considered to be one of the worst tackles ever witnessed at a major international tournament and one that Schumacher was not even carded for.

In more recent times, Germany v France games have been calmer affairs, but with a place in the final of Euro 2016 up for grabs for either the world champions or the tournament's hosts, could a flurry of yellows and reds be on the cards at the Stade Velodrome? Exploring the markets on bookings for the match could prove to be a profitable move.   

How the Bookies See it

  • Total Cards: Over 3.5 6/17, Under 4.5 13/16, Over 4.5 10/11 - 888Sport
  • Sending Off in 90 Mins: No 1/3, Yes 3/1 - Bet365
  • Sending Off: Germany 11/2, France 11/2 - Boylesport


  • Germany come into this game having amassed seven yellows and no reds in their five games at Euro 2016. Two cardless group games for the world champions came against Ukraine and Northern Ireland, either side of the team’s three-card haul against neighbours Poland. Two bookings in the Slovakia game followed, before two cautions in the Italy game, one of which has ruled defender Mats Hummels out of this heavyweight semi-final clash.   
  • Seven yellows and no reds in five games sees the France sit eleventh in the tournament’s fair play table, level on points with their semi-final counterparts. Les Bleus have picked up no more than two bookings per game so far, with their last outing against Iceland landing the French just a solitary caution. Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante and Sevilla’s Adil Rami are both available for selection after missing the quarter final through suspension following bookings in the group stage and last 16.’s View

In a tournament of few cards, the wise move would be to aim low, with 888Sport offering odds of 2/1 for there to be less than 3.5 cards in 90 minutes. Germany’s three bookings against Poland are the largest amount of cautions amassed by either team, while France’s temperament has been equally as placid throughout a tranquil tournament.

With only two dismissals during the competition, both coming in the opening round of matches (Lorik Cana v Switzerland and Aleksander Dragovic v Hungary), don’t expect referee Nicola Rizzoli to brandish his red during the match - odds of that are 1/5 with William Hill. However, should tempers begin to rise during the game, be sure that the Italian won’t stand for any nonsense. With a place in the final at stake, it would only take a rash, mistimed challenge to alter the whole match.  

  •’s top tip: Sending off for either side in 90 minutes 3/1 - Bet365


*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to kick-off.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2016 02:56:13+00:00
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