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Should Germany win their group and advance past the Round of 16, they will face the winner of Group E or runner-up of Group F. Among Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras, there could well be an upset, but les Bleus are favorites to advance as group winners even without the injured Franck Ribery.
Argentina are runaway favorites to win Group F, meanwhile, with Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria most likely to compete for second place. Nigeria and Bosnia are the most likely candidates, the Balkan side perhaps having an edge due to their superior midfield and striker options. However, Bosnia's inexperience (this is the country's first World Cup since Yugoslavia collapsed) could prove costly.
Out of France and Bosnia, Didier Deschamps' men should be favorites. They could face familiar opposition in the form of a Germany side they met in February of 2012 and again in February of 2013. Both matches ended 2-1, with France taking the spoils against Laurent Blanc's side in the first encounter and Germany in the most recent fixture.
France may have famously imploded at the 2010 World Cup, but they have turned over a new leaf in recent years. They have a Champions League-winning striker in Karim Benzema and class in attacking midfield in the form of Loic Remy, Mathieu Valbuena and the rising talent Antoine Griezmann. Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna are two solid choices at full-back, while Paul Pogba is a world-class midfielder in the making.
The absence of Ribery could prove costly for France, however, and Deschamps' men may find it hard to score even against a notoriously leaky German defense.
The Germans lack a presence in the box, of course, but they do have diverse options in attacking midfield. Scorers like Thomas Muller, Lukas Podolski and Andre Schurrle, should create opportunities especially when backed by Toni Kroos and either Philipp Lahm or Bastian Schweinsteiger.