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Pogba Leads France in Mild Upset Bid Against Germany
By Charles Jay
Germany and France are in the same place at the same time, but they are getting somewhat different reviews, relative to expectations. France is having a great time of it, compared to what they went through in the last World Cup, when there were all kinds of off-the-field problems that lingered. Some customers at Chinese Bookie didn’t think they could win their group, but they did, and now there is an opportunity to advance to the semi-finals, but they have to get by a German team that has, among its biggest fans (who also happen to be the sharpest critics) an underachieving bunch since the first game in Group G.
These two squads meet up at high noon (Eastern time) on Friday at the Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. In the World Cup betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at Chinese Bookie, Germany is an uneasy favorite:
The World Cup
Germany vs. France (Quarter-Finals)
Friday, July 4 — Noon ET
Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Betting Odds – Handicap Line
Germany pick, -139
France pick, +124
Betting Odds – Moneyline:
Under 2.5 Goals -144
Over 2.5 Goals +129
* INCLUDING EXTRA TIME & PENALTIES
Germany advances -148
France advances +128
As far as some World Cup bettors and observers are concerned, Paul Pogba is making up for lost time. Pogba, who was tabbed to be one of those young stars who could emerge through this tournament, was somewhat quiet through group play. Well, the officials wouldn’t tell you that, as he got a yellow card in the first game out of the chute against Honduras. He was not even used against Switzerland, and had little impact against Ecuador, to the point where some of the observers of French soccer called for him to be replaced.
But Didier Deschamps is thankful he did not make that move, as are Chinese Bookie patrons who backed Les Bleus. Pogba not only scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 2-0 shutout of Nigeria in the Round of 16, he was also named man-of-the-match. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye had an answer for those who had been calling for Pogba’s removal. “He is very important for the team, dynamic, and we just enjoy playing together with him,” he said. “That unity is the best way for us to progress as far as we can.”
Patrick Vieira, a standout of the 1998 French World Cup winners, whom Pogba is often compared with and who is writing about the tournament in the London Times, has gone on record that Pogba “could become of the best in the world.”
There is little doubt among World Cup bettors that Pogba will have to have his “A” game in order to deal with Germany, which is going to get its chances. This is perhaps the most aggressive team left, in that they come at the opponent in waves, with Thomas Muller putting together a tournament that has him priced at +525 at Chinese Bookie to win the Golden Boot award (most goals). The French will encounter an unusual number of crosses and have to be able to trade punches, so to speak, if that is what it comes down to.
Critics have laid into the German squad, which, in their opinion, should not have had such a difficult struggle against Algeria, as they won 2-1 in extra time. It is important for World Cup bettors to know that there has been a flu bug circulating around the squad, and it has claimed at least one casualty, as Mats Hummels appears to be ruled out of action. But maybe what Germany is suffering from is a public that was, in all likelihood, spoiled by the overwhelming opener in Group G, as they routed Christiano Ronaldo and Portugal 4-0. Since then, it has been mostly uninspiring “futbol.”
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