Having each progressed from their respective Groups in impressive fashion, France and Nigeria will meet in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia at 2:00am AEST on Tuesday.
While drawing with Ecuador in their final Group E match late last week, France has already done enough to ensure ideal progression to the Round of 16 after comfortably beating Honduras 3-0 and teaching fellow European qualifiers Switzerland a footballing lesson to the tune of 5-2 in their two prior fixtures.
Leaving progression late, Nigeria drew 0-0 with Iran in their Group F opener but allowed themselves the best possible chance of moving on when beating close rivals Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 on June 22nd.
While capable of a hiccup during the Group stages of the 2014 World Cup, all matches from the Round of 16 onwards reward the winner with progression to the next stage of the tournament while eliminating the loser from proceedings. Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on the widest range of markets for every Round of 16 match at the 2014 World Cup, including several unique betting options for each and every fixture.
Clear favourites to continue their impressive run of form past Nigeria and onto the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, France is currently offered at odds of $1.25 while the Super Eagles are available at a particularly generous quote of $4 to cause arguably the Round of 16’s biggest upset.
Known for a far-greater attack than sturdy defensive line, Nigeria will need to find top gear immediately and maintain possession if they are any chance of overcoming a French team that has already scored eight goals and conceded just two.
For this reason, it is almost imperative the Super Eagles get on the scoresheet first; a feat that is arguably best offered via Premier League attacking midfielder Peter Odemwingie, who scored the decisive and solitary goal that saw his nation passed Bosnia late last week. Currently offered at a quote of $4.33 to break Hugo Lloris’s line at any point during tomorrow morning’s 90 minutes, the Stoke City man is more than worth consideration to break the opening deadlock at generous $11 odds with Ladbrokes Australia.
A standout performer in an impressive Arsenal side during the most-recent Premier League season, French marksman Olivier Giroud is likely to spend a good deal of his time peppering the Nigerian goal tomorrow morning, and is therefore definitely worth a wager for punters who believe France are a sure thing. $2.20 to find the net at any point, Giroud’s goal scoring value without doubt lies with slotting the game’s opener at even $5 odds.
Ladbrokes Australia is offering a headline offer on each and every remaining match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including France vs Nigeria. Karim Benzema has been scoring for fun in his nation’s three matches so-far and has developed a key partnership with Giroud at the front of the French offence. Combine the Real Madrid man scoring at any time with a French victory for exceptional $2.40 odds.
Securing a career-best performance in Nigeria’s unlucky 3-2 loss to Argentina, Ahmed Musa scored a double which included one of the tournament’s best goals so-far. If Nigeria is to cause an upset, Musa will have to find similarly destructive form. Punters who believe Nigeria will win with a Musa goal are arguably offered the best value of any wager available for tomorrow’s France vs Nigeria World Cup fixture – $10 odds.
The winner of France vs Nigeria will progress to the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup, where they will face the winner of Germany vs Algeria on July 5th.
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