My top two picks to win the 2014 World Cup, Germany and France, will square off in a quarterfinal showdown that ends one team’s world Cup hopes and vaults the other into the semifinal round.
Thanks to this informative World Cup predictions betting breakdown on Friday’s highly anticipated match, you’re going to have an excellent opportunity to cash in with a series of potentially winning wagers.
France vs. Germany Betting Line
Line: France +190 vs. Germany +123,
Over/Under Total 2.5
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France couldn’t have gotten its 2014 World Cup run off to a better start after opening up with a convincing 3-0 shutout of Honduras in Group E play before going on to rout Switzerland 5-2 in its second match.
The French men then played Ecuador to a nil-all tie in its group finale before bouncing back to perform better in shutting out Nigeria 2-0 in its knockout stage opener.
France has scored eight goals in four matches while attempting 19.3 shots per match, well above the World Cup average of 13. shots per match with 60 percent of those attempts being on target. France has committed 47 team fouls, just under the cup average of 52.1 fouls so far while also being issued five yellow cards, just above the cup average of 4.9 yellow cards to date.
The Les Bleus are led by gifted midfielder, Paul Pogba, a player that scored the deciding goal in the team’s 2-0 France win over Nigeria the last time out. France also has a gifted offensive performer in forward Karim Benzema, a player that is tied for third place in the Golden Boot race with three goals.
France however, will need to get some solid play out of its defense in order to slow the explosive German offense and the reinsertion of Antoine Griezmann back in the starting lineup. Griezmann was held out of the starting lineup against Nigeria but made an immediate impact once he hit the field.
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French coach Didier Deschamps counts France as the underdog against Germany.
"Don’t forget that in the last two competitions, Germany have reached the semifinals so it counts for something," Deschamps said, referring to the 2010 World Cup and European Championship in 2012.
According to fivethirtyeight.com France has a 15 percent chance of reaching the finals and an eight percent chance of winning it all.
Germany got its 2014 World Cup run off to a shocking start by beating the snot out of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 4-0. The Germans were held to a 2-all draw against Ghana in their second match before narrowly squeaking past a spirited U.S. team 2-1 in its Group G, group of Death finale.
The Germans then struggled more than they have in any match so far by narrowly squeaking past Algeria 2-1 in its knockout stage opener. Germany repeatedly allowed Algeria several outstanding scoring opportunities, though they managed to thwart the underdogs every time they looked to put the match away.
"We had our problems but at the end we were better and had a lot of chances," Germany coach Joachim Loew said after the match, via The Associated Press. "The important thing is to advance. … Past champions also did not play well every match. You cannot play fantastic every match of the tournament."
Still, the Germans are led by one of the game’s best goal scorers in forward Thomas Muller, (4 goals) and they do have a cast of competent complimentary players starting with forwards Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil. Germany also has another forward they can turn to when needed in veteran Andre Schurrle, who scored the winning goal in extra time against Algeria.
Germany has scored nine goals so far and averages 16.5 shot attempts per match, which are three shots above the cup average of 13.5 per match. The Germans have committed just 39 team fouls so far to rank well below the World Cup average of 52.1.
Germany will need a strong effort fro it best defender, right fullback, Jerome Boateng, but they will get a boost by having defender Mats Hummels back for this match after he missed the match against Algeria due to a fever.
According to fivethirtyeight.com, Germany has a respectable 17 percent chance of reaching the finals and a nine percent chance of winning it all.
My France vs. Germany Betting Line Pick:
I picked Germany to win it all well before the start of the 2014 World Cup and although they’ve struggled recently, so has France, which is why I like Germany to win and move on to the next round. Germany has the better, deeper and more experienced squad, not to mention the best player in the match in Thomas Muller.