In a battle between the under-rated French and the top seeded Germans, one might expect anything as the way both of these teams have come out in flying colors from their respective groups. Germany has made it to the World Cup semifinals 3 times in a row before this and keeping in mind the squad depth and the versatility they have in their ranks, they are going into this match as favorites. On the other hand, the dark horses French have surprised everybody by playing their brand of attacking football and they are certainly the team to beat in this competition so far. And if the history is taken as the bench mark in this case, than the French certainly lead the way.
Since 1994, France have won 4 out of 6 matches against the Germany side.
Keeping in mind the statistics when both of these sides met against each other, the French have scored 10 times in the last 7 matches when both of these sides met. While the immediate future certainly looks tilted towards Joachim Low side, the past looks nearly balanced as France have won 11, lost 9 and drawn 5 in the last 25 times both of these sides met.
Germany started their pursuit to glory in tremendous fashion as they thoroughly dismantled Portugal in a match that was expected to be nothing less than a finale. However, they got the reality check from the Ghana team when they avoided defeat narrowly thanks to a Miroslav Klose record setting goal. After that match against the African side, the Germans haven’t looked on top form as they narrowly beaten a USA side before Algeria forced them to go on extra time in the pre quarter finals of the world cup.
Thomas Muller has been the top scorer for Germany as he scored 4 goals in as many games for them.
While Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez stole the headlines in pre quarters, the top scorer for Germany in Thomas Muller looked a bit rusty against a solid and heavy tackling Algeria side. He will have to be on top form if Germany are to force their way into the top 4.
After coming 2nd in their group of the world cup qualifying campaign, France had to go through the brutal play offs as they saw off a noisy Ukrainian side after going down in the 1st leg by 2 goals. Since then, the French seemed not to look back as they thwarted every team that come their way. Amid the controversial decision by Didier Deschamps to drop out Samir Nasri, Valbuena - - Nasri replacement has notched his game several levels since putting on the blue shirt in World Cup.
After Karim Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena has created the most number of chances for the French (11).
One major thing that distinguishes the French from their opponents in their defense. With Mamodou Sakho and Rafael Varane in the heart of their defense, the French side has conceded only 2 goals in 4 matches with three clean sheets. So the Germans might have to find a solid ploy of unlocking the French defense when Ozil and Co. will go against Didier Deschamps side.
Lloris; Debuchy; Varane; Sakho; Evra; Cabaye; Pogba; Matuidi; Valbuena; Giroud; Benzema/
Germany:Neuer; Boateng; Mertesacker; Hummels; Howedes; Ozil; Lahm; Schweinstiger; Kroos; Poldolski; Muller.
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