The Australian side enters South Africa an anxious bunch, seeing as they were the very first team to arrive in the host nation. However come June 13th when they line up opposite the powerhouse German squad, they may be wishing they stayed ‘Down Under.’
On paper this game appears to be your prototypical mismatch. Germany enters the tournament with lofty expectations, with anything less of lifting soccer’s holy grail deemed to be a failure. Their counterparts, the Socceroos of Australia possess a mediocre record on soccer’s grandest stage and will look to reverse their fortunes early on against the favored German side.
Germany vs Australia Odds for June 13th World Cup Match:
Australia finished first in World Cup Qualifying in the Asian region and will attempt to ride that momentum to a fast start at this year’s tournament. Their predominately European-based roster overwhelmed the relative unknowns of the Asian ranks, although they will surely have their hands full with a tough German lineup.
Led by their captain, Lucas Neill, the Aussies know it will be imperative to maintain their shape at the backend and focus on defending their star goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, in an attempt to prevent the skill of the German side from dominating the pitch. Australia is certainly aware of the German firepower, yet see this tough first match as an opportunity to embrace the role as spoiler.
Being placed with Serbia and Ghana in Group D grants the Aussies a realistic chance of advancing past the group stages, and a favourable result against the Germans would do wonders for the Socceroos.
The Germans enter South Africa facing serious injury concerns to a number of key players. Their longtime captain, Michael Ballack has been ruled out of the entire tournament following an injury in the FA Cup Final where his side Chelsea, defeated Portsmouth. Replacing his role in the German midfield as well as inside of the dressing room will be a great challenge for coach Joachim Low.
Despite the loss of Ballack, Germany possesses a plethora of supreme offensive talents to help capture their first unified title in their lengthy history. Look for familiar faces Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski to spearhead the German attack, and be supplemented by their reliable and experienced back-four defenders.
Undoubtedly the Germans are capable of winning the 2010 World Cup and remain a model of consistency for the entire soccer world to look at in envy. Their impressive finishes at the past two World Cup tournaments are expected to be improved upon in South Africa, but a successful venture here will be contingent upon early and convincing success, commencing with the Aussies.
Of course the impressive German team enters this Group D fixture as overwhelming favorites to emerge victorious. However, playing without Ballack in the midfield and going up against a feisty Australian side, familiar with recent success could give the favorites some trouble.
I expect a hard-fought game with the Aussie defensive game successfully containing the skill and world-class talent of the Germans. Germany should be pressing offensively for the majority of the game, and will likely squeak out with a narrow victory off a second-half breakthrough. One thing is for certain, it will not be easy for the Germans, as Australia enters the competition with great fitness and overall morale.
This fixture should be an intriguing one, pitting the proud German soccer program full of expectations, against a determined, and organized foe in the Aussies!
Germany vs Australia Match Prediction: Germany 1 – Australia 0
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