USA will meet Germany in what is expected to be an absolutely epic clash in the ongoing edition of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The match will be the teams’ last match in Group G as the knockouts beckon and will also decide whether one or both of the teams go into the next round. The fixture is set to be played at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife on Thursday, June 26.
The Germans currently lead Group G on goal difference ahead of their opponents. While a draw will see both teams qualify, it is extremely likely that both will qualify even if USA are able to beat Germany. However, in the event that the USA are beaten by Germany, there is a possibility that the Americans will head home earlier than they had expected.
The most popular bet for the result of the match is a draw at odds of 19/10 offered by Unibet and 888sport. The 0-0 result is at 9/1 (bet365) but given the strike-force of Germany, you expect them to score goals – at least the one here I reckon!
Germany, who are ranked second in the Coca-Cola FIFA rankings, began their world cup campaign with an absolute annihilation of Portugal as they won 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Thomas Muller, the golden boot winner at South Africa 2010, and a headed goal from Mats Hummels.
However, they nearly lost to Ghana in their second fixture as the African nation attacked on the counter and caused all sorts of trouble to the German defence. It needs to buckle up against a team which beat Ghana 2-1 and gave Portugal a run for their money in their last game.
The Americans very nearly won their last game and had it not been for Silvestre Varela’s late headed goal, they would have already qualified for the second round.
The United States have a very fit team which hardly ever takes a breather. They are also well acquainted with the heat in Brazil and have the personnel to cause some real problems to the Germans. The likes of Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, and Jozy Altidore are all great finishers. Dempsey is the favourite to open the scoring for the US with odds of 11/1 offered on that note by Paddy Power and Stan James.
USA also have a very tight-knit group in defence and midfield who know how to defend and press high up the park. It is this quality which will give the Germans some nightmares as they have often lost possession in some dangerous areas of the pitch in their last couple of games.
Jurgen Klinsmann knows all about the way Germany play having started the revolution in the German national team when he was their coach. The former great will do his home team no favours as the coach of USA as the two teams cross swords on Thursday.
Germany have some great attacking talent in their squad which is reflected by the fact that someone like Julian Draxler has not yet had a part to play for his side in the world cup, despite being Schalke’s best player. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, and Thomas Muller have combined well so far at the big tournament, though they have also failed to convert some glorious chances. Gotze meanwhile, is the favourite to open the scoring for Germany with bet365 and BetVictor offering 11/2 on that possibility.
This is where Joachim Loew will look to bring in Miroslav Klose. Klose, who equaled Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals in world cup finals the other day, is Germany’s best finisher and should come into the team at the expense of Sami Khedira.
Khedira has been neither here nor there as he struggled to make any meaningful impact from the advanced position in which he has been deployed. It thus makes sense for Mesut Ozil to drop in a bit deeper and make way for Klose up front as Germany look to qualify as group winners.
Germany to win by a goal: 16/5 (BetBright)
Under 2.5 goals to be scored: 19/20 (bet365)