France vs Germany preview – Quarter Final 1

france-vs-germanyThe first Quarter Final match of the 2014 World Cup is an all European affair with France set to meet Germany on Friday 4th July 2014 at Estadio do Macarana in Rio de Janeiro

The match will start at 1.00pm local time or 2.00am AEST Saturday mornung 5th July Melbourne time and Europe will be assured of a place in next weeks semi finals.

Leading bookmaker Sportsbet has Germany $2.50 favourites against France, who are $3.00 with the draw paying $3.25.

 FRANCE vs GERMANY 

When: Friday 4th July 2014
Time: 1.00pm local time (2:00am AEST Sat 5th July Melbourne time)
Where: Estadio do Macarana in Rio de Janeiro
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
2013-02-07 France 1-2 Germany

Recent History
2013-02-07 France 1-2 Germany Friendly
2012-03-01 Germany 1-2 France Friendly
2005-11-12 France 0-0 Germany Friendly
2003-11-16 Germany 0-3 France Friendly
2001-02-28 France 1-0 Germany Friendly

2014 World Cup form

FRANCE

WON Honduras 3-0 Group
WON Switzerland 5-2 Group
DRAW Ecuador 0-0 Group
WON Nigeria 2-0 QF

France remains unbeaten at this World Cup after defeating Honduras, Switzerland and drawing with Ecuador to finish on top of Group E, before beating Nigeria 2-0 in the Round of 16 matches to set up a quarter final with Germany.

France has scored 10 goals in four matches and conceded just the two, with Karim Benzema leading the way with three goals.

GERMANY

WON Portugal 4-0 Group
DRAW Ghana 2-2 Group
WON United States 1-0 Group
WON Algerian 2-1 (ET) QF

Germany too is undefeated, scoring 9 goals and conceding three, with Thomas Muller scoring four foals for his country.

After beginning like a house on fire putting four past Portugal, Germany came back to the fold with a draw against Ghana before defeating the USA by a solitary goal to win Group G.

In their Round of 16 match they were exposed down back a number of times by Algeria before eventually getting past the African side 2-1 in extra time.

Sportsbet odds for France vs Germany

France $3.00
Draw $3.25
Germany $2.50

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France vs Germany match prediction

This should be a very good match between two quality European teams who both started with a bang before levelling out as the tournament has progressed.

Expect Benzema to play a more central role up forward for France against the Germans with Antoine Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena providing plenty of ball from the flanks.

2014 Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller has been clinical up front for the Germans with four goals and if the French can quell his attacking forays then Germany will have to find another avenue to goal.

Mesut Ozil also provides plenty of drive for Germany and with Philip Lahm likely to go back to right back where he plays his best football, then it sets up a tantalising quarter final clash.

The French will fancy themselves here as Germany will hold no fears on recent history.

At the $3.00 we think France is great value in an evenly matched encounter, especially when you add recent history where the French have a solid record against the Germans.

France Win @ $3.00 at Sportsbet

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