Germany face Algeria and France take on Nigeria in the two last-16 ties on Day 19 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The two European sides look the most likely teams to advance to the quarter-finals, but they will not take their African opponents lightly with World Cup survival on the line.
France and Germany have both inflicted heavy defeats on strong opponents in their respective groups—Les Bleus downed the Swiss 5-2 while Joachim Low's side thrashed Portugal 4-0—and will be looking to do the same on Monday.
Read on for score predictions on another day of World Cup action in Brazil.
Germany vs. Algeria
While Germany thrashed Portugal in their group opener, they were less impressive as they drew 2-2 with Ghana and beat the USA 1-0.
However, they do have two clean sheets from the tournament and look strong defensively, per Bundesliga journalist Cristian Nyari, despite the Ghanaians exploiting some weaknesses in the German back line:
Overall Germany's defense has improved, despite the Ghana game. Löw justified in using Lahm at CM and using four CBs. #GER— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) June 26, 2014
Algeria have a strong attacking unit, which was proved when they defeated South Korea 4-2, a record for an African side at a World Cup, per Opta:
In Islam Slimani they have an instinctive striker who has already bagged two goals in the tournament, one of them being the crucial equaliser against Russia that saw them make it to the last 16.
But in Mesut Ozil, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller—who has four goals in the tournament—Germany have one of the most formidable attacks in the whole competition, which should be able to exploit a shaky Algerian defence.
Germany look set to advance and should beat Algeria comfortably in Porto Alegre, scoring at least three goals.
France vs. Nigeria
Nigeria could not be described as having been free-scoring in their opening games, which saw them draw 0-0 with Iran before beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0.
However, in their defeat to Argentina in their final group game, they managed to net twice in a spirited performance, with both goals coming from Ahmed Musa.
On the other hand, France scored eight goals in their first two group games—a 3-0 opening win over Honduras and their 5-2 rout of the Swiss—but drew a blank in their draw with Ecuador in their final match.
While Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez was excellent on that occasion, France should have done better in front of goal, per football writer Hector Nunns:
They must return to their early tournament form if they are to overcome Nigeria, but they certainly have the quality to prevail in Brasilia and an in-form front man in the shape of Karim Benzema, per AS:
Golden Boot Standings: James 5 from 4 Mueller 4 from 3 Messi 4 from 3 Neymar 4 from 4 Benzema 3 from 3— AS English (@English_AS) June 28, 2014
Both teams are likely to get on the scoresheet as neither side has the strongest of defences, but France have more quality and should make it through to the last eight.