Germany - France Goalscorer Preview: Class act Klose can get amongst the goals again

Friday's quarter-final clash in Rio de Janeiro promises to be a thrilling encounter and our tipster is backing Die Mannschaft's veteran striker to grab a record-breaking goal here
France and Germany go head-to-head in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night with a place in the last four of World Cup 2014 at stake.

Managers Joachim Low and Didier Deschamps have a great wealth of attacking talent at their disposal and Friday's crunch clash looks set to be a thrilling encounter.

Germany began their campaign with a superb 4-0 demolition of Portugal and Low will be hoping that his men can replicate that kind of form when they take on Les Bleus in Rio de Janeiro.

Thomas Muller grabbed a hat-trick in the victory over Portugal and the 24-year-old striker can be backed at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock on Friday while the same firm go 8/5 (2.60) that the Bayern Munich man finds the net at any time against France.

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose has had to settle for a place on the bench for the most part during this campaign but the 36-year-old Lazio frontman stepped off the bench to nab a crucial equaliser against Ghana in the group stages.

That goal was Klose's 15th World Cup strike, equalling Brazil legend Ronaldo's record, and so there is no doubting the German striker's prowess in front of goal on the big occasion.

With Klose likely to be left out of the starting line-up again, the 6/1 (7.0) quote from Paddy Power for the Lazio striker to net first is skinny but, should Germany need him, the 2/1 (3.0) quote offered up by the same firm for Klose to score at any time certainly offers value for punters here.

Germany, of course, drew a blank against Algeria inside 90 minutes in the last round before finally breaking the deadlock in extra time.

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle was the man who made the breakthrough for Germany and the midfielder is chalked up at 15/2 (8.50) with Paddy Power to score first on Friday while the same firm offer a generous 13/5 (3.60) quote on Schurrle scoring at any time.

For France, Karim Benzema has been the main man thus far, netting three goals in the tournament and the Real Madrid striker is available at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to open the scoring against Joachim Low's men on Friday. Benzema can be backed at 9/5 (2.80) with the same firm to score at any time.

France thumped five past Switzerland in the group stages, with each of the goals being scored by different players.

Olivier Giroud found the net against Switzerland for France and started against Nigeria but may find himself back on the bench against the Germans following a disappointing display against the African side on Monday night.

Instead, Antoine Griezmann may be given the chance to shine in Rio de Janeiro and the 23-year-old winger looks decent value at 7/1 (8.0) with Paddy Power to score the opening goal of the game while the 12/5 (3.40) quote from the same firm for Griezmann to score at any time is likely to prove popular with punters.

With both sides at their most comfortable when going forward, this looks certain to be a goal-laden encounter and there is value to be had in backing German legend Miroslav Klose to have his say at some point during Friday's quarter-final tie.

Therefore, the 2/1 (3.0) quote from Paddy Power for Klose to find the net at any time is the recommended play for punters here.

Miroslav Klose to score at any time at 2/1 (3.0) 2pts stake with Paddy Power

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