France vs Nigeria: Betting Preview
France had a lot of pressure coming into them in this World Cup after their disaster four years ago, but they got over that and looked good in winning their group.
While they did not play in the toughest of groups they went unbeaten and in their three matches they scored eight goals and conceded two.
France is the big betting favorite facing Nigeria, who along with Algeria are the only African nations that advanced the round of 16.
Bovada has World Cup betting odds for this knockout stage match with France posted at -200 with Nigeria at +600 and a draw line of +340.
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Patrice Evra, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Valbuena all rested for France in their last group match, but they will be in the starting 11 against Nigeria.
The French midfield has been solid so far in the World Cup and the Nigeria defense, which conceded three goals in three group matches, really has to key on striker Karim Benzema, who has three goals and two assists so far.
Nigeria gave Argentina a great match in their last group encounter losing 3-2, but they showed they could play with the best squads in the world.
Musa and Peter Odemwingie are the two main strikers for Nigeria, who have a quick counter-attack, which they French need to be wary of considering they will be the squad on the attack.
John Obi Mikel leads the Nigerian midfield that must play well and keep the French from dictating the match in that area of the pitch.
Nigeria is a good squad, but the French are on a mission that will not end in the round of 16, as they will win and clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.