France and Germany will begin the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup with a head-to-head matchup on Friday. Both teams have had very similar journeys to this point.
France picked up two victories in the group stage, defeating Honduras and Switzerland, while tying Ecuador in their Group E finale. On Monday, they got past Nigeria, 2-0.
Germany also won twice, in addition to a draw, in group play. They were dominant over Portugal and defeated the United States 1-0, while finishing their contest with Ghana in a 2-2 result. In the Round of 16, they needed extra time to beat Algeria, scoring two goals in the final 30-plus minutes.
With three days in between contests for both teams, Germany is expected to win. Ever since the start of the tournament, the team has been ranked among the favorites, with their odds coming in right behind host nation Brazil. The team has yet to lose and done little to prove that they are not the best European team in the field.
Heading into the 2014 World Cup, France was considered on the tier below the top teams from Europe, but they’ve played as well as any of them. They’ve outlasted defending champion Spain, who was knocked out in the group stage, as well as Italy, England and Portugal.
The two teams have plenty of history against each other. In 1982 and 1986, Germany defeated France in the World Cup semifinal. The favorites’ experience could give them the edge and help them win this match, as well.
"Germany is very accustomed to this competition," France coach Didier Deschamps told reporters on Thursday. "Experience is more on their side, but we will play our game."
Below are the betting odds for Friday’s quarterfinal match, courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Germany vs. France
Germany win +145
France win +200
Draw in regulation +225