posted at 03:50
Author: Sam Laird
World Cup Preview Day 19: European Powers vs. African Upstarts
Still reeling from the World Cup's epic knockout-stage onslaught this weekend? You'd better recharge quick, because the fun, heartbreak and all-around excitement starts back up Monday at 12 p.m. ET. The third day of round-of-16 match-ups pits a pair of traditional European powers against a pair of upstarts from Africa. If either Nigeria or Algeria can pull off an upset to reach the quarterfinals they'd enter uncharted World Cup territory. France vs. Nigeria starts things of at 12 p.m. ET from Brasilia, followed by Germany vs. Algeria at 4 p.m. ET from Porto Alegre. Read on for the primer you need to get ready for Monday's World Cup action. In one corner, a top favorite to win this year's World Cup. You don't reach the knockout-stage by being a total pushover, and this Algeria squad has some life to it despite backing into the World Cup field. Germany looked incredible in dispatching Portugal 4-0 to start the World Cup, then had to fight for a tough draw with Ghana and a 1-0 win over the gritty U.S. to take a lethal Group G. Germany plays an aesthetically pleasing brand of offensive-minded football, and will seek an explosive performance to begin the knockout stage with momentum. While one never knows in the World Cup, Algeria looks incapable of providing much resistance and we foresee Germany coming out on top with a 3-0 final score.

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