France vs Nigeria 06/30/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Nigeria vs France
Monday 30th June 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: France 3/5 Draw 3/1 Nigeria 4/1 See the Latest Odds
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The World Cup has a tendency to bring out the best in some players and right now it seems to be doing just that for alot of this French team, Karim Benzema and Matuidi in particular have stood out as the French romped to two impressive wins in their group win. Benzema, the Real Madrid striker , has been very impressive showing signs of the brilliant young player that lit the world alight for Lyon before moving to Madrid in a move that hasnt really seen the Frenchman find his best form. Up front alongside Giroud Benzema seems to have found his form and if France are to go deep it will revolve around this mans form in front of goal.Didier Deschamps has shown that he is willing to sacrifice individuality for the good of the team and this 23 man squad certainly seems to believe in the team is one and one is the team ethos. That can only be good for French football and it may carry this squad to the last eight.
Many believe that Nigeria are the best team in Africa their qualification for the last sixteen came through a tough group with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Argentina. Nigeria put in a great performance last time out but still succumbed to the brilliance that is lionel messi. Is there anyone that can stop the little magician? But to their own credit Nigeria found a way past a tough Argentina defence and there is no doubt that given some room this team has the self belief to hurt the opposition , with Chelsea pair Moses and Mikel and Cardiff striker Odemwingie they also have the quality to turn that self belief into results.
As with all knockout competition once they get to the knockout stages things tighten up, goals become scarce and often one is enough to win a tie. Here I see too teams that re capapble of hitting the net but both realise that defence is their way forward. I see this one being a low scoring one and I am taking the unders. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo