Germany and France are favourites to make it through their last-16 ties against Algeria and Nigeria, respectively, on Day 18 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The two European sides have looked strong so far in the tournament while the two African sides have surprised many by making it out of the group stage.
The winners of each match will go on to play each other in the quarter-finals and get one step closer to World Cup glory.
Read on for full television and live-streaming information as well as a prediction for both fixtures.
|World Cup 2014: Day 18 Schedule|
|Date||Time (BST/ET)||Fixture||Predcition||TV Info||Live Stream|
|June 30||5 p.m./Noon||France vs. Nigeria||2-1||BBC1/ESPN||BBC iPlayer/ESPN Player|
|June 30||9 p.m./4 p.m.||Germany vs. Algeria||3-1||ITV/ESPN||ITV Player/ESPN Player|
France vs. Nigeria
Didier Deschamps' French side have been one of the in-form teams in the tournament so far and look good to make it to the quarter-finals at least.
They beat Honduras 3-0 in their group opener, put five past a strong Swiss side and were held to a 0-0 draw by Ecuador courtesy of an inspired performance from goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, per sportswriter Jerome Pugmire:
As Pugmire points out, France were not clinical enough in front of goal against Ecuador, but they have proven in their other games that they can score at will when on form.
They will be hugely geared up for the Nigeria clash in Brasilia and have one of the tournament's in-form strikers in Karim Benzema, per WhoScored:
Nigeria proved their mettle as they put two goals past Argentina in a 3-2 loss in their final group game but were relatively fortunate to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0—Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed—and lacked a clinical edge in their 0-0 draw with Iran.
France look to have too much strength in attack for the African side to handle, and Les Bleus should see themselves through to the last eight on Monday.
Germany vs. Algeria
Algeria have made a historic run into the knockout rounds, per Sport360, and performed excellently in beating South Korea 4-2 and drawing 1-1 with Russia while they ran Belgium close in a 2-1 defeat.
However, Germany are a step up in terms of quality, and the North African side's tournament likely finishes on Monday in Porto Alegre.
In Islam Slimani they boast a quality striker who could well get on the scoresheet against Germany, but the simple fact is that Joachim Low's side are better in all areas and should outscore Algeria.
They thrashed Portugal 4-0 in their opening group game but went on to labour slightly in a 2-2 draw with Ghana and again as they beat USA 1-0.
But with the likes of Thomas Mueller, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger they look to have far more quality than Algeria and should improve now that the knockout rounds have started.
The Germans are World Cup experts and have reached at least the semi-finals of the last three tournaments. However, they haven't converted any of those into championships.
This year could be different—and their path to the final starts with the Algeria test, which they should pass with flying colours.
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