Argentina is the slight favorite in their quarterfinals match on Saturday and there is bad blood between these teams from the World Cup four years ago and there has been trash talk going on in the media.
Argentina vs. Germany – Current Match Odds
Sportsbook has Argentina posted at +135 with Germany at +185 with a draw at +225 and a goal total of 2.5.
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Germany took out Argentina four years ago at the World Cup in Germany in penalties and recently Bastian Schweinsteiger stated Argentina has no respect for the game and they whine at the refs to get calls. In response Argentina head coach Diego Maradona had a recent interview and stared into the camera talking in a mock German accent and said, "What's the matter Schweinsteiger? Are you nervous?"
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This only adds a little more excitement to the most anticipated quarterfinals match up between two teams that have won the World Cup more than once.
The match features the great team game of Germany of the dynamic offense of Argentina. If the Germans can play good defense and get out on the counter-attack, which they should do since Argentina will attack from the Sportsbook whistle, they have a great chance to win this match.
Argentina is led by their offense with the strikers of Carlos Tévez, Gonzalo Higuaín, and Lionel Messi. If these guys can get space and the midfielders can feed them the ball they will be tough to beat.
In their round of 16 wins Argentina beat Mexico 3-1 and Germany beat England 4-1.
Argentina’s weakness is their defense even though they have only given up two goals in four World Cup matches. They will have to defend the counter-attack and mark German striker Miroslav Klose, who is their big gun up front. He will have to do more in this match, as fellow striker Cacau is likely out for this match with an injury.
Argentina plays a very flowing game and if Germany can be physical and disrupt their style of play it gives them a big advantage in this match.
The key players for Germany in this match are defenders Per Mertesacker and Arne Friedrich and G Manuel Neuer. Neuer will be tested all match by the Argentina offense and the defenders not only have to play well against the aforementioned trio pf world-class strikers, but they also have to start the counter-attack.
Argentina may be the most impressive team so far in the World Cup, as they have yet to lose and their offense is clicking. Look for that trend to continue, as even though their defense will be scored on their offense will score more, as they will beat Germany and book their ticket to the semifinals.
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Spain vs. Paraguay
In the late quarterfinals match up on Saturday Paraguay takes on Spain, who began the World Cup as the favorite to win it all and are the big favorite in this match.
Sportsbook has Spain at -250 with Paraguay +725 with a draw at +305 and a goal total of 2.5.
Paraguay has not scored in their last two matches and to have any chance to win this match they will have to play great defense against Spain and their solid offense.
In their round of 16 wins Spain beat Portugal 1-0 and Paraguay beat Japan on penalties 5-3 after playing to a 0-0 draw in regulation time.
Spain star striker Fernando Torres has not been himself in South Africa, but luckily fellow striker David Villa has picked up the scoring slack and is on pace to win the Golden Boot.
Paraguay may have to score on the counter-attack or have this match go to penalties to have any chance to win, as their offense lacks much punch.
Spain will come out and play well and score a few goals while holding Paraguay scoreless advancing to the semifinals.
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