Germany vs Algeria 2014 World Cup Preview

Earmarked by many as one of the more one-sided fixtures of the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup, Germany and Algeria will face off at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre at 6:00am AEST on Tuesday morning.

Demolishing Portugal 4-0 in their campaign-opener, Germany was surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw by African qualifier Ghana, but ensured they would progress to the knockout stage atop Group G when beating a spirit USA 1-0 most recently.

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For Algeria, progression to the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 was left to the very last minute. Slumping to a 2-1 defeat to eventual Group H champions Belgium first-up, the Desert Warriors secured a thumping 4-2 victory over South Korea before claiming a decisive competition point when drawing one-all with Russia.

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A standout performer for his nation at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Mesut Ozil has again caused headaches to his opposition’s defence during Germany’s three matches in Brazil so-far. Creating a vital link between the midfield and forward line, Ozil is capable of finding the net from distance and is without doubt one of the 2014 World Cup’s most dangerous players. Punters who are confident the Arsenal weapon will find the back of the net at any time tomorrow morning along with a German victory can take advantage of $3.20 odds.

Arguably the key to his nation’s success in progressing to the Round of 16 for this first time, striker Islam Slimani has found the net twice so-far, including slotting the decisive goal in Algeria’s draw with Russia most recently. Without doubt the best chance of any to break Manuel Neuer’s line tomorrow morning, punters who believe Slimani will score at any time and Algeria will cause a huge upset are offered exceptional odds of $15 at Ladbrokes Australia.

A Wincast market has been set-up to allow punters to back any of their favourite players to score and their respective team to win at Ladbrokes Australia. With Germany clear favourites to comfortably take care of Algeria tomorrow morning, punters are offered exceptional value on a number of attacking players getting their name on the scoresheet coupled with a German victory. Pivotal to his nation’s success, Bastian Schweinsteiger scoring with a German win is more than worth consideration at even $5 odds.

Needing to catch their rivals on the back heel early, Algeria will almost certainly have to open the scoring if they are any chance at all of knocking Germany out of the 2014 World Cup. Algeria’s sole striker, Slimani is without doubt the best chance of breaking the early deadlock for the North African qualifers and is currently available at generous odds of $11 to do just that.

Drawing the Silver Boot for most goals scored at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, German ace Thomas Muller picked up precisely where he left of in Germany’s campaign-opener; slotting three passed a dumbfounded Portugal. Having since scored his nation’s lone goal against the USA, the Bayern Munich man is clear $4 favourite to get his name on the scoresheet first against Algeria.

Likely to spend a good deal of their time withstanding the German onslaught, Algeria may find their only attacking options coming from counter scenarios. For this reason, placing a wager on the likelihood of scoring from a penalty may figure as a good betting play, as the German defence will have to scramble back and act quickly; opening a greater chance of a mistake. Having opened their 2014 World Cup goal tally from the dot against Belgium, a successful Algerian penalty is currently available at incredible odds of $13, while the Germans converting a possible chance can be snapped up at $4.80.

The winner of tomorrow morning’s Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria will progress to the 2014 World Cup quarter finals and a showdown with the winner of France and Nigeria.

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