The Germany vs England first round knockout stage match is dead even in terms of the odds and each will have to try to find their offense, as each has only scored a single goal in their last two group matches.
Germany vs. England Current Match Odds
has this a pick-em match with England and Germany both posted at +165 with a draw at +210 and a goal total of 2.5.
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It is no surprise that these two soccer giants, both of whom have won the World Cup, are in the round of 16, but what is a tad surprising is that they are facing each other this early in the playoffs.
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The reason is simple, as England came in second in their group behind the USA while Germany won their group, which they were expected to do.
England did not look good in group play and they have a ton of pressure on them for them to go far since they have not advanced past the quarterfinals of the World Cup since 1990.
In their last group matches England beat Slovenia 1-0 and Germany beat Ghana 1-0.
In their win over Ghana Germany made a few mistakes on defense and blew some solid scoring chances. Against an English squad littered with world-class players the Germans cannot allow that to happen in this match.
England does have many of the best players in the world such as Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and John Terry, but they have not played well as a team and have looked a little lazy in group play. Conversely, Germany does not have the superstars England has, especially since Michael Ballack was injured before the World Cup, but they play great as a team.
For Germany DF Jerome Boateng and MF’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Oezil nursing minor injuries and for England DF Ledley King is probably out. Germany will get striker Miroslav Klose back for this huge match after sitting out the last one due to suspension. Wayne Rooney has a minor ankle injury, but he will be in the starting 11 on Sunday.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s hamstring injury is a big concern for Germany, as he is a key midfielder and if he can’t go it will be a big loss.
Both teams are great at controlling the ball, especially in the midfield, and the team that can win the time of possession battle has a better chance to win this match.
Wayne Rooney has not been himself in this World Cup and he has yet to score. He will have to play well in this match and pressure the German defense.
Germany’s Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose are the guys up front and the English defense has the key on them.
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard will have to push forward on offense and get back when the Germans are on the counter-attack.
England has been practicing penalty kicks for the last few days and I would not be a bit surprised if this game ends in a scoreless draw. However, I think England will come out and play well and Rooney will net one goal for a 1-0 win
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Argentina vs. Mexico
In the other playoff match on Sunday Argentina is the favorite against Mexico and they will be hard to stop, as their offense has been solid and they only conceded one goal in group play.
has Argentina at -222 with Mexico at +600 with a draw at +300 and a goal total of 2.5.
Mexico will have their hands full trying to contain an Argentina offense that has such players as Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Martin Palermo and Gonzalo Higuain, who has already scored a hat trick in the World Cup.
Mexico is a very young squad that has a ton of talent up front and they may come out and attack all match long and since Argentina will do this same this match may see some offensive fireworks.
The Mexicans may put up a fight in this match, but Argentina simply has way too much firepower and they will beat Mexico in the first knockout stage match just like they did four years ago in the last World Cup.
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