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France v Nigeria: World Cup match preview

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France manager Didier Deschamps welcomes back former Newcastle man Yohan Cabaye to the squad following his suspension from their Group E stalemate with Ecuador last week - but he has a warning for his fellow countrymen. 

With many tipping the French to go all the way in Brazil following comfortable progression from their group coupled with two clinical performances against Honduras and Switzerland, as well as Thursday's 0-0 at the Maracana that sealed top spot, Cabaye has swiftly tried to put an end to any arrogance their may be in the camp. 

"Confidence should not become arrogance, because that is when you have problems," he told reporters

Karim Benzema full of confidence

They have a right to be confident, however, with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema looking like a man with a point to prove and a midfield that oozes creativity and flare. 

Benzema's brilliance helped them sweep aside lowly Honduras in their opening group stage match, before turning on the style in Arena Fonte Nova to see off Switzerland 5-2 - with Benzema again impressing. 

After Deschamps made six changes to his starting XI for the final draw with the Ecuadorians, he is expected to revert back to his original eleven when they line up against Nigeria later on this evening. 

Patrice Evra and Mathieu Debuchy are likely return on either side of the French defence, along with Mathieu Valbuena and the much talked about midfielder Paul Pogba. Mamadou Sakho, however, is doubtful with a thigh injury.

France favourites

Regardless of which team Deschamps sends out onto Estadio Nacional pitch they will fancy their chances of progressing - the last five French teams to have made it through the group have at least reached the semi-finals. 

They face a stern Nigerian outfit though, who were narrowly beaten by Argentina last time out thanks largely to the talents of Lionel Messi. 

Ahmed Musa scored two brilliant equalisers in the Super Eagles' 3-2 defeat to Messi and co, making him the first Nigerian in history to score two or more in a World Cup match. Coach Stephen Keshi is hoping for similar heroics from his breakthrough star in this last-16 matchup. 

"I said Messi was from Jupiter, but Musa is from another planet with pace like that." 

The Nigerian's campaign in Brazil has also been built on solid defensive foundations, conceding just the three goals in the Argentinian game so far following shut outs against Iran and Bosnia.

They will do well to repel the attacking prowess of the French, who have had the most shots of any country at the competition so far. 


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