France and Germany declare World Cup quarter final season open when they lock horns in the Maracana.
Die Mannschaft assume 6/4 favouritism, with the draw up for grab at 11/5, but news.bwin.com/en/ have dug up three reasons that say backing Les Bleus at 19/10 is the only way to go here.
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Read on for your trio of arm-twisters that tell all about why a bet on Didier Deschamps’ side is set to cop:
Germany are insisting on playing Phillip Lahm in centre-midfield.
Sami Khedira, one of the finest defensive screens in world football, will most likely be omitted so Lahm, one of the finest full-backs in world football, can hold the fort in the middle.
What intensifies the madness of this move though is the fact there is sure to be no natural right or left-back in the team Joachim Low selects, with central-defenders set to be pitched in instead.
The three-time world kings only rose to prominence against Algeria last time when Lahm was reinstated to his natural position and failure to acknowledge this may well prove fatal against the French.
Nationalelf have only ever lost three World Cup quarter finals, but all were against European adversaries.
Their most recent last-eight triumphs came at the expense of Argentina in 2006 and again in 2010, while they saw off the USA in 2002.
Croatia were too strong last-eight adversaries in ’98 though, as were Bulgaria four years earlier, while the only other quarter-final slaying they’ve suffered came via the now defunct hands of Yugoslavia in 1962.
Few backlines have been as stringent as Les Bleus’ this World Cup.
Two scored by Switzerland after the Salvadorean phenomenon known as ‘goal fever’ spread through the French defence are the only instances of their rearguard being breached in Brazil.
Their three other outings have yielded clean sheets.