Germany is favored in the third place match against Uruguay, who is looking to improve upon their best World Cup finish since they won it all back in 1950.
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has Germany posted at -153 with Uruguay at +260 with a draw at +260 and a goal total of 2.5.
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Both teams are likely disappointed they are playing in the third place game, as each lost by a single goal in the semifinals. However, third in the World Cup is a good showing and both teams will come out and give 100% to try to win.
No third place play-off in the World Cup has ever ended in a draw. This match will break a tie, as in six third place matches European squads have met South American ones and each has three wins.
Germany beat Uruguay 1-0 in the third place match in 1970 and since that time Uruguay has not beat a European team in the World Cup in 13 matches (7 losses and 6 draws).
In their semifinal losses Uruguay lost to Holland 3-2 and Germany lost to Spain 1-0.
Uruguay’s offense will get striker Luis Suarez back after he missed the semifinals with a red card suspension. He and Diego Forlan will have to play well up front and pressure the solid German defense. German MF Sami Khedira will be counted on to mark Forlan, who is the main playmaker for Uruguay.
Even though Germany was shut out in the semis they still have scored the most goals in the World Cup (13). Just like Uruguay they will get a suspended striker back in Thomas Muller. Germany only had five shots on goal and two on target in their loss to Spain and Muller, Miroslav Klose, and Mesut Özil have to give the European side more offense in this match.
In their loss to Holland in the semis Uruguay had more shots in the match (12 to 11) and since their defense gave up three goals they have to attack this match and push forward on offense. However, they have to be wary of the counter-attack, which is one of the strengths of the German squad.
German MF Bastian Schweinsteiger looked out of sync against Spain and will have to play well against Uruguay, especially controlling the ball in the midfield and setting up the strikers on offense.
Germany did not play their game in the match against Spain and they will get back their style, which is solid ball control, good defense, and counter-attacking. They will come out and play well and win this match going out of the World Cup on a positive not even though they will not be hoisting their fourth trophy.
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