Faves Germany take on a highly fancied France in the WWC quarterfinals, a game that would be befitting of a final. Which side will advance? Find out as we preview the odds & serve our free picks.
Germany Top Faves
Germany entered pretournament World Cup betting markets as the +300 favorites to win outright, jointly favoured with the USA. Going into the quarterfinals, they are the team to beat at +188 soccer odds offered by Bet365, but with a tough matchup against France in the quarterfinals they can't take anything for granted.
Since the tournament getting off the ground, Germany's World Cup odds have steadily shortened. Ahead of the R16, they were matched at +225 soccer odds to win outright and after taking a step forward in the competition with a win over Sweden they improve to +188 soccer odds. Underscoring this considerable movement on the World Cup odds board is solid play on both sides of the ball. So far in the competition, they've scored 19 goals and conceded just 2. Of all the teams, they've been the most convincing by far.
In the R16, Germany came through as the considerable -250 betting favorites as recommended on our soccer picks. Importantly, Germany defeated a respectable Sweden convincingly, a side that had held USA to a 1-1 draw in group play. However, they made it look easy as they ran away 4-1 winners.
Predictably, Germany enter the World Cup quarterfinals as the -105 favorites to win outright, while a draw is trading at +230. Germany won the last two competitive meetings over France, including a 4-2 win at the World Cup finals in Germany four years ago.
France Present Stiff Obstacle
Unlike Germany, France's World Cup odds to win outright have swelled despite going through the rounds quite successfully. France entered the competition as the third overall favorites at +500 to win outright, but their soccer odds swelled to +700 at the start of the R16 before slipping down to +600 at BetOnline ahead of the quarterfinals.
At first glance, these fluctuations don't appear to make a lot of sense. But upon closer inspection of the draw, they make perfect sense. The moment the draw for the knockout stages was made and it was revealed that France fell into the same half with Germany and USA their soccer odds had to swell. To win the World Cup they'd have to go through (most likely) both of the top teams in the competition, which is a tall order to say the least.
France easily overcame South Korea by a 3-0 score in the R16. Their reward a date with Germany in the quarterfinals, for which they are matched as the staggering +300 underdogs. By the soccer odds, they aren't being given much of a chance against the highly favoured Germans, who are trading at -105 to win outright (or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook).
Reality is though that France has had the measure of Germany in recent meetings. Their last date was a friendly that France won 2-0. Prior to that they held Germany to two consecutive draws, 3-3 and 1-1 (both friendly games as well).Friendly games though they might have been, France can take a page from those results and fancy their chances.
Soccer Betting Verdict
Both Germany and France found sublime form in the R16, which sets up a scintillating clash on the day's soccer betting card. Both sides have prolific scorers to turn to and some exceptional goal tending to rely on. Something is going to have to give and it's really a shame that the tournament is going to have to part ways with one of these two teams. Question is which one? If the soccer betting trends were any indication, the overwhelming support is for Germany to advance into the semi-finals at the expense of France. It's hard to fault that line of thinking. They've been the favorites from the start and if all goes to plan and they play at their perceived weight class they should come through on their favourable soccer odds. We're backing a Germany win at -105 as well, but we won't be surprised if France does pull off the upset.
Soccer Picks: Germany -105 at BetVictor to win