Germany vs Spain Preview – Semi Final
Germany aiming to avenge Euro 2008 final loss to Spain
The Germany vs Spain World Cup semi final has many fans salivating as it’s a rematch of the 2008 Euros’ final, where Spain won the title with a 1-0 victory. However, this matchup, at Durban Stadium in Durban on July 7, figures on being a lot tougher game for the Spanish as Germany is shifting into a higher gear with each game while Spain seems to be stuck in neutral.
Germany reached the semi-final stage by dismantling Argentina 4-0 in the quarterfinals and England 4-1 in the round of 16. Spain just squeaked by Paraguay in their quarterfinal and Portugal in the playoff round by identical 1-0 scores.
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The Germans have thrilled soccer fans during the tournament with their combination of youth, speed, creativity, and finishing. Spain has struggled, even though striker David Villa is having an excellent World Cup with five goals so far. However, each match is different and Germany will be without 20-year-old midfielder Thomas Mueller, who is suspended due to yellow cards. Mueller has been a breath of fresh air and has shown exceptional maturity and finishing skills with his four goals.
While Germany will definitely miss him, they have several other players who can put the ball in the net, such as strikers Miroslav Klose, with four goals, and Lukas Podolski with two. Midfielder Mesut Oezil is also a superb player who can hit the back of the net. In their own end of the pitch, defender and captain Phillip Lahm has been leading the way with his fine play, while midfielder Bastian Schweinstager has been making some fantastic runs with the ball.
Spain, on the other hand, has been depending heavily on Villa as his striking partner Fernando Torres has been shooting blanks so far. Midfielder Andres Iniesta is the only other player to have scored for Spain. Germany will obviously mark Villa closely, but they shouldn’t forget about Torres as he’s a world-class striker who may break out of his slump at any moment. He also scored the winner against Germany in the 2008 Euro final in Austria.
Spain v Germany Odds and Predictions
Spain has been one of the top teams in the event though when it comes to passing precision and ball possession. If they get a lead, they can be very hard to break down defensively. This makes the first goal in this game an important one. If Germany can get it, they should be able to hang on or hit the Spanish on a counter attack for another, especially with the speed of their young players. Spain has been pretty solid in their own end and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been improving with each outing. However, look for Germany to reach the final by beating Spain here 2-1.
Sportsbook.com is offering many good odds on this game, get 7.50 (+650, 13/2) on Miroslav Klose to score the first goal in the match. Another bet that might be interesting is that the 2nd half will see most goals, this for 2.10 (+110, 11/10).
The two teams have met 20 times in the past with Germany winning eight, losing six, and drawing six, while outscoring the Spanish 27-22. Germany is attempting to win its fourth World Cup, while Spain is hoping to win its first ever this year.
Ladbrokes has the odds of a German win listed at 9/5, with a Spanish victory posted at 33/20. The odds of a draw after 90 minutes are 43/20.
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