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World Cup Round of 16 Match Preview: France vs. Nigeria

World Cup Round of 16 Match Preview: France vs. Nigeria

Match Date: 30 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília

(Featured Image: France | Source: FIFA)

 

A previous (and so far, the only) meeting rendered Nigeria dominant over France but recent forms of the sides indicate a much stronger French squad. France dominated their group in the 2014 FIFA World Cup first stage while Nigeria scored one defeat, one draw, and one victory in the same round.

 

France

Winning two out of three (the third one was a draw) matches in Group E, France soared high above Switzerland, Ecuador, and Honduras. The attacking powers of Benzema, Valladares, Giroud, Matuidi, Valbuena, and Sissoko resulted in Les Bleus ending up being the only team in the group to score eight goals with a difference of six. Deschamps should re-establish his starting XI and must find ways to improve his men’s ability to destroy strong defenses from the opposition, not to mention his center-backs needing a little refining.

 

Nigeria

The Super Eagles were the second best (Argentina were on top) players in Group F with three goals scored and four points achieved from their Group stage battles. The defense is their best-nourished form component even if it suffered quite a bit against the Argentine squad. Nigeria held Iran in a goalless draw while they obtained a clean sheet from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The impressive goalkeeping of team captain Vincent Enyeama, as well as the side’s defenders, should keep Nigeria’s quarter-final hopes alive. The offense needs more creativity, however, and coach Stephen Keshi might heavily rely on his men’s counter-attacking to compensate for the not-so-spectacular goal scoring skills of his players.

 

World Cup betting tip: France will earn all the spoils but they will see many efforts get wasted with an excellent Nigerian goalkeeping.

 

 

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