2014 World Cup Betting: France vs. Nigeria Picks & Odds

Nila Amerova

Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:57 PM GMT

France and Nigeria have set a date in the R16, in a clash that might not be as straightforward as odds makers would have you believe. Find out as we preview this matchup and deliver our verdict on the current World Cup betting odds.

France rested and raring to go
France finished Group E with a 2-1-0 mark and seven points, highlighted by eight goals scored and just two conceded. France’s coach Didier Deschamps decided to rest some key players for the final clash with Ecuador, a risk that paid off with a scoreless draw, which was enough to see France top the group and Ecuador to finish second.

This means that France is rested and raring to go in the R16, pick up from whence they left off following their superb start to group action. France have proven their worth as tournament dark horses, lighting up the finals with some brilliant free-flowing football. They beat Honduras 3-0 in their opener and, then, blew Switzerland – a side that many had as the value underdogs in group betting – 5-2 in the second match. Only the scoreless draw to Ecuador was their least impressive account. However, since Deschamps rested Evra, Cabaye, and Valbuena, to name a few, the result was a good one against a tough Ecuador. Benzema has been France’s best player on the field with three goals and two assists. He could have had more, so frightening is his form at this World Cup.


Nigeria gives Argentina a run for their money
Nigeria gave Argentina a run for its money in the final lap of Group F action, prompting Argentina to produce their best account yet in the finals. Nigeria threatened right out of the gates and, although Argentina opened the scoring in the third minute through Lionel Messi, the Super Eagles drew level almost immediately. Musa scored in the fourth minute to Argentina on its heels again. Just before the end of the first half, however, Messi scored another to lift Argentina to the 2-1 lead. Yet again, Nigeria responded quickly, two minutes into the second half with another Musa inspired goal. Three minutes on, Rojo scored Argentina’s third goal, which proved to be the winner. Argentina won 3-2, but Nigeria gained the attention and respect of World Cup bettors.


France vs. Nigeria match betting tips and picks:
As pre-tournament dark horses, France enter this match as the strong favourites at -200 to win outright. Underscoring their odds in the R16 is a convincing body of work in the group stage, highlighted by their creative, imaginative attack. Simply put, France’s frontline is relentless and lethal.  It should be pointed out: they are no longer the long shots to win the title proper. At +800 to win outright, they are the fourth favourites behind Brazil, Argentina and Germany. They are also the -450 favourites to reach the quarterfinals.

Nigeria proved they warrant serious consideration in World Cup betting markets. If they can take it to Argentina, it follows they could take it to France. Odds makers, however, aren’t buying what the Super Eagles are selling, listing them somewhat disingenuously at +700 to win outright. Indeed, Nigeria’s odds probably shouldn’t be so high. Then again, they are the long shots in the competition proper at +20000 to win outright. That said, they are only the +350 bet to reach the quarterfinals at France’s expense.


World Cup Free Picks: France’s attack should prove lethal against Nigeria and, as such, we recommend taking France to win outright at -200 on your World Cup Picks. Les Bleus aren’t perfect on defence, so expect Nigeria to get on the scoreboard as well, which means both teams to score and the Over 2.5 at -105 are additional World Cup picks to consider on your wagering ticket. 

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