Football

France vs Nigeria preview

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

France vs Nigeria

World Cup second round

Monday 30th June 2014, 1700 BST, Brasilia

Impressive France take on African Cup of Nations winners Nigeria in the second round of the World Cup. Chris Ellis takes a look at where the game is likely to be decided.

Road to the Second Round

France have put on some impressive displays so far in the World Cup, opening up with a 3-0 win over Honduras before a devastating 5-2 win over Switzerland secured their passage to the knockout stages. A goalless draw against Ecuador sealed their place at the top of Group E.

African Cup of Nations champions Nigeria opened with a 0-0 draw over Iran before securing a vital 1-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina thanks to Peter Odemwingie’s winner. That left the African side needing to match Iran’s result to progress and they went through despite a 3-2 defeat to Argentina, caliming second spot in Group F.

Head-to-Head

The two sides have only met twice before with Nigeria coming out on top 1-0 in their last meeting back in 2009.

The teams have never previously met in the World Cup.

Likely Line-ups

France:
01 Lloris
02 Debuchy
03 Evra
06 Cabaye
04 Varane
13 Mangala
19 Pogba
14 Matuidi
10 Benzema
08 Valbuena
11 Griezmann

Nigeria:
01 Enyeama
05 Ambrose Emuobo
13 Oshaniwa
10 Mikel
02 Yobo
22 Omeruo
08 Odemwingie
17 Onazi
09 Emenike
22 Moses
07 Musa

Match facts

• This will be only the second international meeting between France and Nigeria.
• France have lost two of their last three World Cup matches against African nations.
• Nigeria have scored a goal in all but one of their previous 10 World Cup matches against European teams.
• Nigeria have lost both of their previous World Cup second round ties.
• France have scored all their goals at this World Cup from inside the box.
• The last five times France have progressed past round one in the World Cup, they have reached the semi-finals.
• France striker Karim Benzema has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances for his country.

Verdict

France are overwhelming favourites for this second round tie, with the goals of Karim Benzema set to propel them into the quarter-finals. However, Nigeria showed against Argentina that they possess a significant goal threat of their own and have generally kept things tight at their own end, meaning France will have to work hard for victory.

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
World Cup
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again