Nigeria are vying to become just the fourth African nation in history to reach the World Cup quarter finals when they take on France in Brasilia.
Defensive diligence saw them escape Group F alongside Argentina and safety-first measures will need to be taken here if they hope to progress at the behest of a rampant Bleus attack that scored eight mini league goals.
Two French defeats from their previous three tussles with African nations is sure to boost confidence in the court of the Super Eagles, as it is with those who’ve backed the boys in green and white to prevail with a one-goal head start at 17/10.
In order to ensure this bet cops, the shrewd tactical minds on the news.bwin.com/en/ payroll have switched on the giant iPad and outlined three things Nigeria must do to tame Didier Deschamps’ trophy-winning hopefuls.
Utilise Emmanuel Emenike’s power
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho is an injury doubt for France, but they have Laurent Koscielny on call.
Aggressive forward play from Goliath frontman Emenike is sure to get the bars of the Arsenal man’s easily-rattled cage jangling and the indiscipline that’s propelled him into notoriety in the past could very well yield a red card, if not a textbook mishap.
Kenneth Omeruo has got Karim Benzema in the bag
Shifting the Chelsea youngster out to right-back may be the answer to stifling big-match Benzi, who may revert to the wide position he was so devastating in against Switzerland as France aim to breakdown a solid Nigeria backline.
Omeruo has the strength and pace to match the Real Madrid man, while his schooling as a centre-back will ensure Benzema has a tougher time eluding the 20-year-old when drifting in from the flanks than he would an orthodox right-back.
Get Ahmed Musa on the ball
Wee winger Musa exemplified some exceptional finishing prowess in bagging a brace against Argentina last time out and if he can get on the orb in the box the French defence will be punished.
He’s the most creative asset in the Nigerian ranks and his tendency to cut inside onto his stronger right foot will pose adventurous full-back Mathieu Debuchy difficult questions.