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Thu 03/07/2014 - 21:03 EDT

World Cup Betting: France vs Germany Quarter-Final Preview

It will be Didier Deschamps vs Joachim Löw as these two traditional Footballing powerhouses meet in the quarter-finals of Brazil 2014.  Expect a tight fought encounter which will provide one of the more interesting tactical battles of the tournament thus far.  The Germans haven’t quite lived up to their billing as one of the early tournament favourites, but France seem to have cooled off after scoring 8 goals in their first two games.

 

France vs Germany

Friday, July 4th – 12:00 PM ET

Odds: Germany +2.35, France +3.20, Draw +3.21

Total: 2.5  Over 2.27, Under 1.61

 

France and Germany both come into this game on the back of less than impressive performances in the round of 16: Germany barely squeaked by an Algerian team who exposed their back line with quick counter attacks; and France who were lucky not to be down to 10 men against Nigeria, labored to find any offensive rhythm.

 

France are injury and suspension free, but expect Didier Deschamps to drop Olivier Giroud in favour of Antoine Griezmann.  Mamadou Sakho is fit and will likely replace Laurent Koscielny in central defense.

 

Germany are without fullback Shkodran Mustafi, so expect Joachim Löw to put Philipp Lahm in at right back and play Sami Khedira through the middle. 

 

Ironically Mustafi’s injury may be the key to the Germans winning the match as they will field close to same lineup which defeated France 2-1 in February of 2013.  France love to break quickly and attack down the flanks, which until Lahm’s return was a major German weakness. 

 

The Germans have reached the semi-finals in the last two major tournaments they’ve played (WC 2010 and Euro 2012) and were considered one of the favourites heading to Brazil.  France impressed early in the competition but their central defensive partnership is relatively inexperienced will eventually be breached by Thomas Müller and co.

 

Handicapping The Total

 

Both teams have world class keepers and France’s 3 man midfield should be enough to stifle the superior German attack for long stretches of the match.  In the round of 16 only 2 matches were over 2.5 at the end of regulation.  I’ll take 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes with the Germans winning in extra-time.

 

Prediction: Draw +3.21, Under 2.5

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