Expect more joy for Germany

  • Last Updated: June 30 2014, 16:56 BST

Our David John predicts a comfortable evening for Germany against Algeria in the World Cup round of 16.

Germany are tipped to win both halves against Algeria
Germany are tipped to win both halves against Algeria

Germany v Algeria (Round of 16, Porto Alegre, 2100 BST)

Those of you with long memories and a touch of the romantics will be all over Algeria at 11/1 to win this game or perhaps a more sedentary 6/1 to qualify.

Cast your mind back (or look on Wikipedia) to the 1982 finals in Spain where West Germany beat Austria with an "advantageous" 1-0 scoreline to ensure both qualified - at the expense of Algeria.

Current head coach of the latter, Vahid Halilhodzic, is now using that rather unsavoury piece of footballing history as a motivational tool ("we have not forgotten") after his side qualified for the knockout phase for the first time in their history and sparked wild scenes of all-night celebrations on the streets of Algiers.

A 1-1 draw against Russia following defeat to Belgium and then a victory over South Korea has really seen the Africans capture the imagination with some classy performances from Islam Slimani, Yacine Brahimi and Sofiane Feghouli to name just three.

The issue now for them is two-fold in my opinion.

Firstly, is the revenge factor a bit of a red herring with certainly the vast majority on both sides not even born in 1982?

And secondly, can Algeria find that same level of intensity against a renowned nation at this level which has now emerged from the group phase on nine straight occasions?

For all that Algeria have brought to the table so far, my instinct says no.

Joachim Low's side have perhaps looked the most in command of their vehicle over the opening fortnight.

They ruthlessly hammered Portugal 4-0 to open up and although they were pushed harder in the 2-2 draw with Ghana, they then controlled long periods of the game again in the 1-0 success over USA without having to over-extend themselves.

They certainly have an authority about them with the promise of another gear or two if push comes to shove when things start to really get tense and the result against Ghana will definitely serves as a reminder to ensure no semblance of complacency at this all-or-nothing stage of the competition.

Their price to win here has already shortened from 1/3 to 3/10 and although an Algeria side on top of their game could make things awkward, Germany's nous at this level should ultimately ensure passage into the quarter-finals.

So take them to dominate proceedings from an early stage and keep turning the screw on the way to glory.

Verdict: Germany 3 Algeria 0

Best Bet (With Sky Bet): Germany to win both halves at 7/4

Opta Facts:
Algeria are the sixth African team to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup (after Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana).
Germany have reached the semi-finals of the last three World Cups. No nation has ever made the last four in four successive tournaments.
Germany have lost both of their previous meetings with Algeria in all competitions, scoring once and conceding four times.
Joachim Löw's side attempted 1999 passes (incl. crosses and corners) in the group stage, more than any other side.