France-Nigeria Betting Preview: Rampant Bleus to punish distracted Super Eagles

Still reeling from a dispute over unpaid bonuses, Al Hain-Cole expects the African champions to be undone by Didier Deschamps' buoyant attacking side at the Estadio Nacional

Nigeria take part in their first World Cup knockout match since 1998 when they face France in Monday's last 16 clash in Brasilia.

Having qualified as runners-up to Argentina ahead of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran, Stephen Keshi's men are 6/1 (7.00) outsiders with Paddy Power to make it through to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

Les Bleus breezed through the first round in impressive style as the third highest-scoring side and are 1/2 (1.50) favourites to book their place in the final eight with a sraightforward victory here.

However, Didier Deschamps' men were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by 10-man Ecuador in their final group game, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them playing out another stalemate this time out.

While they should be coming into this match in high spirits after reaching the last 16 of a World Cup for just the second time ever, the last few days have been tumultuous for the Super Eagles.

A controversy over unpaid bonuses has threatened to derail the African champions' campaign just at the crucial moment, with the nation's president Goodluck Jonathan reportedly compelled to intervene in order to avoid the threat of a player strike.

Although the matter is supposedly now resolved, it is impossible to believe that this unwelcome distraction will not have any impact when they take to the field against a French side that have proved rampant at times in Brazil.

As Switzerland found out to their cost in a memorable 5-2 group stage defeat, any lack of concentration is likely to be punished by a fluid attacking team that has now struck 16 goals in their last four matches.

Having also kept clean sheets at the other end in eight of their previous 11, odds of 5/4 (2.25) are surely worth backing on France coming out on top by at least two over a distracted Nigerian side that leaked three goals within 50 minutes against Argentina last time out.

France (-1) to win for a 1pt stake at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.