On July 4 France and Germany are going to meet in the fight for a place in the semi-final. They both didn’t have an easy win in the Round of 16 as their African opposition was on a good level; Europeans had to put a lot of effort to make it through.
An interesting thing is that France had an outstanding start against Honduras 3-0 and Switzerland 5-2; Germans also played a great game against Portugal 4-0. However, each next match became harder for both. Germans won over Algeria only 2-1 during the extra time. Nigeria resisted till the last moment until France broke through their defense by the end of the second half (2-0).
For the upcoming match, both teams are in a relatively same position with Germany having a slight advantage. Up till now, the teams played 25 matches: 11 wins for France, 8 for Germany and 6 draws; France scored the total of 41 goals, while Germany found the net 42 times.
At the moment, the German’s squad undergoes some difficulties: Hummels and a rumored 7 other players caught flu because of the temperatures hopping; Schweinsteiger still suffers from a knee injury, while Goetze shows inconsistent performance. At the last match, the overall impression was that the fitness level was highly impressive. Anyway, Germans are well known for their resilience; they never give up on a halfway down the final. Moreover, they have one of the best goalkeepers in the world – Neuer – who would make sure that no goals pass his net.
For France, Giroud is a doubt as he showed very poor performance against Nigeria; there is a possibility that he will be replaced. The bright side is that France have young and talented players like Pogba.
My prediction for this match is that Germany will win at the best odds 2.45 at bet365. You should expect Muller (2.75) and Benzema (2.75) to score. Another option is extra time; keeping in mind the fact that both teams are rather strong, I believe that they will “fight” till the end. Another option is for Germany to win but in extra time at the highest odds 13.00 (a nice bet for bettors seeking for big income).
Day by day, the competition gets more difficult and only the best from the best keep on playing. It’s a tough task to win at this stage but if a team does it, it gets closer to the ultimate dream.
France: Team’s Formation
Germany: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Germany to win outright