We’re getting to the business end of the tournament now and the first quarter final sets up a mouth-watering tie between two former World Champions so check out our free World Cup 2014 betting tips here.
Both sides came through tricky nervy Round of 16 matches and were made to dig deep to qualify, but that is the sign of champions to come through these types of matches.
Germany were taken to extra time by a fearless, well organised dynamic Algerian side who had opportunities to cause a major shock. Unlike their group games Germany looked vulnerable in defence and struggled with balls played in behind the back four for the forwards to chase. Many times their Goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, was playing as a sweeper to cover for the lacklustre defensive display.
Germany coach Joachim Loew will be hoping that his side have got their ‘bad’ game out of the way and no doubt he will have his team firing for this game. Expect to see a much improved attacking display from the likes of Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil and it will be interesting to see how he sets up with either Mario Goetze or Miroslav Klose up front.
France, like Germany, were made to work hard by Nigeria and had to rely on a goal keeping error to give them the advantage 11 minutes from time. That said it was the tactical change by manager Didier Deschamps with the introduction of Griezmann for Olivier Giroud that seemed to spark the French into life and make them a more attacking force.
Unlike Germany, France’s defensive display was good and their back five look a solid unit that will prove difficult to break down. Pogba, Matuidi and Valbuena in the midfield provide a mixture of power, pace and skill that give the side a balance and can create plenty of chances for the likes of Benzema and co. up front.
In what looks on paper to be a tricky encounter there will be lots of individual battles across the pitch and ultimately whoever wins those will see their team progress through to the semi-finals. Both teams look evenly matched in key areas of the pitch and it looks inevitable that the early stages will be a cagey affair and neither side will want to concede the first goal. On what they have produced so far in this World Cup this game is tough to call and the draw at 23/10 with Coral looks to best bet. Given both sides attacking options the score draw at 7/2 with Bet365 looks interesting and well worth investing in. Given how this World Cup has gone so far there is a case for this one going all the way to penalties and the 9/2 offered by Bet365 on the match being decided that way could be worth a bet.
France v Germany Betting Tips
Score Draw – Bet Here at 7/2 with Bet365.
Penalties to Be Played – Bet Here at 9/2 with Bet365
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