World Cup Tips: Europe To Win Battle Of The Continents

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719px-WC-2014-Brasil.svgTHE Netherlands and Costa Rica booked their places in the quarter finals last night. The two games today, on the outset, may look like foregone conclusions, but as this World Cup has shown, anything is possible.

France v Nigeria 5pm

France began the competition in rather low key circumstances, but through their scoring exploits in the group stages they have generated a ‘dark horses’ tag for themselves.

Positives also being drawn from now manager and former World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamp  finally instilling some calm and solidarity in the notoriously stroppy Gallic camp.

Nigeria have gotten better as the tournament has gone on. It would have taken a brave man to back them to come out of the group after their opening match against Iran, but a win against Bosnia in the next game got them back on track.

France scored eight goals in the group stage with Madrid’s Karim Benzema looking particularly impressive, Paddy Power are offering 7/2 on him to score first.

Germany v Algeria 9pm

The feisty Algerians navigated their way out of Group H with a draw against Russia in the final game. They had already beaten Korea 4-2 and nearly caused a major upset by scuppering Belgium in the opening game.

The Germans got off to a flying start in the group when they trounced Portugal 4-0 in second gear, but were rocked with a 2-2 draw against Ghana, who they clearly underestimated.

Germany will not take Algeria for granted. They have seen the damage they can cause and the damage that was done to them already against African opposition.

Of the five goals Algeria have conceded two have come from high crosses and the two goals let in against the Koreans coming from long balls, it’s safe to say they have difficulty with the ball in the air.  Take 6/1 at Paddy Power for Germany to win 2-0.

Karim Benzema smashes in France’s third against Honduras, more will be expected today.





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