Germany can get in behind France's full-backs to claim the win at best odds 6/4 with Betfair Sportsbook.
Get football betting tips ahead of an all European clash in the Worrld Cup as France face Germany in a quarter final match in Rio de Janerio on Friday.
Germany should just about come out on top and can be backed to beat France at best odds 6/4 with Betfair Sportsbook, where customers get money back as a free bet if the game goes to extra time.
France made a great start to the tournament and really got into the goal-scoring groove in the group phase, earning big wins over Honduras and Switzerland before settling for a draw with Ecuador once their passage to the last 16 was assured. Les Bleus were expected to resume winning ways and record an easy triumph against Nigeria in the Second Round and while they got the job done, it was a less than inspiring performance. France looked vulnerable to counter-attacks as their full-backs bombed forward and Karim Benzema who was in great form heading into the game ended up having a limited influence from a wide position. There was also an element of fortune about Paul Pogba's header as Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama uncharacteristically rushed off his line and the same could be said of Yobo's unfortunate own-goal to take the final score to 2-0. France did not look anywhere near as good as they did in their opening two matches and may have been more severely punished on the break by a more accomplished side.
Germany also got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start when they thrashed Portugal before coming from behind to draw after a battling display from Ghana. Die Mannschaft then confirmed themselves as winners of their pool when edging fellow Group G qualifiers USA to set up a favourable Second Round clash with Algeria. As expected, Germany were the dominant side in the game, but could not convert their possession advantage into goals during normal time as Algeria stopper Rais Mbolhi proved to be a constant thorn in their side and pulled off countless saves to keep his side in the game. With the scores at 0-0 the game went to extra time when it all suddenly came together for Germany who instantly took the lead through a cheeky Andre Schurrle finish from close range before Mesut Özil put the result beyond doubt with a minute of extra-time to play. Germany created enough chances in 90 minutes to suggest that France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will have his work cut out in Rio and the lack of protection from his defenders when Les Bleus go on the attack could be pivotal.
Didier Deschamps may opt to start Antoine Griezmann after he impressed from the bench against Nigeria, which would pave the way for Benzema to return to his more favoured central role with Giroud dropping to the bench. Mamadou Sakho should recover from injury in time to start in place of Laurent Koscielny in what should be the only other change for France.
Thomas Muller has been a real driving force for Germany at this World Cup and is expected to spearhead the attack, while Joachim Low may move Philipp Lahm to right-back to give more balance to his defence. Mats Hummels should return to centre-back alongside Per Mertesacker with Sami Khedira pushing for inclusion which could see Jerome Boateng have to settle for a spot on the bench along with Andre Schürrle, despite the latter getting the vital goal last time.
2014 World Cup Match Results
France W W D W Germany W D W D
World Cup 2014 Goalscorers
France (2014 World Cup):
Benzema - 3 (1 Penalty, 1 First Goalscorer)
Giroud - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Matuidi - 1 (0 Penalty, 0 First Goalscorer)
Sissoko - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Valbuena - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Pogba - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Muller - 4 (1 Penalty, 2 First Goalscorer)
Hummels - 2 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Götze - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Klose - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Schürrle - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Özil - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
World Cup 2014 Top Goal Assists
France (2014 World Cup):
Benzema - 2
Evra - 1
Giroud - 1
Pogba - 1
Valbuena - 1
Muller - 2
Kroos - 1
Höwedes - 1
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