Sunday, June 29, 2014

WC 2014: 30th June

France v/s Nigeria. I reckon this will be a tight but open match as both teams are better at attacking their opponents than relying on their defence. France don't have any spectacular players but they seem to play with a purpose under coach Didier Deschamps. Some of their bigger names such as Pogba and Griezman have been relatively quiet in the group stages and they will have to pick up their games if the French are to go far. Nigeria have surprised me with their cohesive play as well and not many teams could have levelled the score twice against a team like Argentina. The Africans can cause the upset if they get the rub of the ball on the day. However, France are worthy favourites and will probably edge this.

Germany v/s Algeria. I can't see the Germans faltering at this stage of the tournament against a team like Algeria. It's true that the qualification of the Algerians has been one of the general feel-good stories of these finals but they showed weaknesses in several areas in their last match against Russia, which the Germans will certainly exploit. The Manshaaft is a well-oiled machine that is getting better with every match and will rely on the likes of Muller and Klose to breach the Algerian defence. They are hard to oppose and I see them advancing quite comfortably.

Qualify: France, Germany

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