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Les Bleus and Die Mannschaft meet in the first quarter-final at the Maracana and our tipster is backing a tight opening half with neither side looking to give anything away

Germany and France both struggled in their second round matches, with Didier Deschamps' side scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes to beat Nigeria in a match that saw plenty of chances. Joachim Low's team need extra time to battle past a spirited Algeria team who could have caused a huge upset, as they had a goal ruled out for offside and missed plenty of chances. Goals at the start and end of extra time secured the win, despite a late Algerian goal.

France come into this match with a strong scoring record in the competition. Deschamps' side have netted 10 goals in their four matches so far, with five coming against Switzerland in the group stages. With only one defeat in their last 15 matches, Les Bleus will fancy their chances against a German side who haven't been firing on all cylinders. bet365 price them at 11/5 (3.20) to win and progress to the semi-finals.

Germany will know they will need to up their game after not yet eclipsing their first performance in the competition, in which they beat Portugal 4-0.

Since then Low's men have drawn with Ghana and just managed to beat USA. The Algerian result will not help their confidence either, with many expecting them to win by a few goals. bet365 price them as favourites at 29/20 (2.45) to win the match, with the same firm pricing the draw at 23/10 (3.30).

With a tight match in-store, expect few goals in this quarter-final with so much at stake for both sides. The under 2.5 goals bet would have been worth investing in, but the 7/10 (1.70) price is a little skinny. In the knockout matches so far in the competition, we have seen few goals, with all teams aware eager to remain in the World Cup.

In the opening halves of both sides last two matches, we have yet to see a goal. The half time scoreline to be 0-0 at 13/8 (2.63) with bet365 is the play, with another tight opening in the pipe-line. Both sides will be fully aware of all the threats either team has to offer, so expect the sides to take 45 minutes to settle in the match and wait until the second half to come out of their shells.

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Half time score to be 0-0 at 13/8 (2.63) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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