Out of all the performances by the seeded teams in South Africa, Germany’s 4-0 rout of a decent Australia side was certainly the most impressive marker put down so far in this competition. For Serbia, they will be looking to improve drastically on their dismal showing against Ghana, if they hope to stand any chance of getting a positive result in this game.
Germany vs Serbia Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (+138)
Under 2.5 (-153)
Joachim Loew’s Germany side had been criminally under-rated going into the tournament by most bookmakers. Pre-tournament focus had been centered on Spain, Argentina and Brazil as the favorites for the trophy. Germany weren’t thought to be much of a force with injuries to experienced players such as Michael Ballack and key players in poor form at club level. But against Australia with Mezut Ozil pulling the strings behind a strike pairing of Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Germany looked to have a ferocious attack that was capable of creating chances at will. Fans of Bundesliga teams Bayern Munich and FC Koln must have wondered what happened to the Klose and Podolski of this club season, during which time they only managed score five goals between them.
If there’s one compliment you can always pay to a German side competing at the World Cup, it’s that they know when to kick into gear. Serbia will struggle to contain what will now be a very confident German side. But if they learned anything from Germany’s win against Australia, it’s that you can’t sit back and try to defend against the Germany attackers because they will punish teams who allow them to control the game. Question marks remain over a young and inexperienced defense that could be vulnerable to pace, but overall Germany look set to take South Africa 2010 by storm.
In qualifying, Serbia played some superb football and were considered to be a real dark horse going into the tournament. But their opening game performance was poor. Against Ghana, Serbia looked lacklustre, devoid of ideas and crucially, prone to defensive lapses.
Aleksandar Lukovic was sent off for a second bookable offense when he attempted to tackle Asamoah Gyan despite Nemanja Vidic seemingly having the Ghanaian striker covered and yet another defensive error cost Serbia the game when a needless handball by Zdravko Kuzmanovic gave Ghana the penalty from which Asamoah Gyan scored to secure victory for the African team.
With players like Miroslav Krasic and Dejan Stankovic in their midfield, Serbia have every chance of getting a result against Germany but they will have to raise their game considerably from their showing against Ghana. Coach Radomir Antic might consider giving Zoran Tosic a start, as the CSKA Moscow winger has the trickery and skill on the ball that could really test this youthful German defense.
Germany’s destruction of Australia has set the standard for the big teams at this World Cup and they’re fully expected now to cruise through the group stages. Despite having some experienced star players in defense, Serbia could find that Germany have too much power going forward to stop them from winning this game comfortably. The margin probably won’t be as large as it was against Australia, but with the likes of Ozil and Podolski on top form, Germany are set to continue their impressive start to South Africa 2010 with another victory in their second group game.
Germany vs Serbia Match Prediction: Germany 2-0 Serbia.
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