Building as the most highly anticipated match of Group G at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany and the USA will tomorrow morning play off to decide who will finish in atop the pool and gain favourably progression into the Round of 16.
Held to a shock 2-2 draw with African qualifier Ghana last week, Germany will be looking to assert themselves dominantly over the USA, not only to secure top spot in Group G, but to reassure they legitimacy as a World Cup contender.
For the USA, the task is simple – secure at least a draw with Germany to ensure progression through to the knockout phase of the World Cup. Anything more than a draw will be a bonus, and if jumping out to an early lead the Stars and Stripes will fancy themselves as Group champions.
Demolishing Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup opener early last week, Germany appeared to lack the same killer spark when drawing with Ghana most recently; the Black Stars seemingly shutting down the constant threat offered by gun midfielder Thomas Muller.
For the USA to have any hope of even a draw, they will need to employ similar tactics to Ghana, who largely used their pace and fitness to maintain possession and starve Germany of countless attempts on goal.
Expected to easily breeze passed the United States and progress atop Group G, Germany are currently offered at odds of $1.57 at Ladbrokes.com.au for victory, while the Stars and Stripes can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $9.50 for victory.
Finding the net in each of the United States’ two matches at the 2014 World Cup so-far, Clint Dempsey also became the first American to find the net at three separate World Cup tournaments when putting one past Ghana in the first minute of their first game this year. Captain of his nation for their Brazilian campaign, Dempsey is a talisman at the head of the United States’ attack and is without doubt the most likely to score, should the USA make the most of their chances. For this reason, placing a wager of Dempsey to open the scoring at $10 odds is more than worth consideration, while hitting the net at any point throughout the USA’s match with Germany is more than worth a wager.
Securing the Silver Boot award at the 2010 World Cup for tied-most goals scored, Thomas Muller immediately picked up where he left off in Brazil, scoring a hat-trick in Germany’s romp of Portugal. While kept off the scoresheet against Ghana, the Bayern Munich man is without doubt the Germans’ biggest weapon and is worth a wager at odds of $4.50 to open the scoring; a feat he has achieved on countless occasions for club and country.
One of the world’s standout goal keepers, Manuel Neuer was unlucky to concede two goals when facing Ghana, left one on one with attackers on both occasions. Comfortably taking care of an attack which included Cristiano Ronaldo first-up this campaign, the Bayern Munich shot stopper is definitely worth consideration to keep a clean sheet at $2.20 odds, while USA’s Tim Howard is given less hope of surviving at onslaught at $6.
Sure to leave nothing to chance, Germany will aim to maintain possession and tire the United States’ defence, allowing a good chance to open the flood gates late. Predicting a high scoring game in favour of the Germans may therefore prove a smart betting play, with a victory of 3-1 currently offered at $13 odds, or 4-1 at a particularly generous quote of $23.
Ladbrokes Australia is currently offering a range of unique betting options for all matchers at the 2014 World Cup. For the fixtures between Germany and the USA, punters can take advantage of exceptional $2.60 odds for Thomas Muller to score at any point and Germany to win, or incredible $15 odds for Dempsey to put one past Neuer and the United States secure a famous victory.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and the USA will kick off at 2am AEST at the Arena Pernambuco on Friday.