Here is our second Spain vs Germany Prediction article for the Semifinal match written by Will. Check out Rob’s Spain vs Germany Prediction article as well if you are interested!
Unlike the other semi-final matchup which pitted an underdog Uruguyan side, against an always-disappointing team from the Netherlands, the Spain and Germany showdown is one that could’ve been easily envisioned from the outset of this tournament.
Although both teams have had their bumps along the way, Germany and Spain have peaked at exactly the right time as they prepare for this crucial semi-final fixture.
Spain have long carried the dubious distinction of the perennial underachievers on the international stage, and will be keen on refuting that unsavory distinction. Although La Furia Roja commenced their campaign in South Africa with a humiliating defeat against Switzerland, they have rebounded with vengeance in defeating all of their opponents since. Undoubtedly, Spain’s offense still has yet to reach its maximum output, but against a German backline that has looked surprisingly weak at times, perhaps star Spaniard Fernando Torres can finally get his game on track to vault his country to their first ever World Cup title.
The citizens of Germany fully understood that the national program was in the process of mass alterations. In South Africa, they have boasted one of the youngest lineups, and feature some of the sport’s most dynamic youthful talents. That said, such blatant inexperience didn’t generate much optimism back home. Now however, the nation is fully behind a team that has looked so dominant at times. Impressive victories over soccer powers in Argentina, and England have made all opponents of German deeply concerned about their explosive offensive outbursts. They’ve scored the most goals in South Africa, and will look to continue that trend against a tough Spanish defense.
Spain vs Germany Odds:
Spain Advances (-117)
Germany Advances (-103)
Keys to the Game:
Thus far in South Africa, Spain’s greatest weapon has been their star forward David Villa. To put it simply, he’s been outstanding and nearly unstoppable for the opposition. He is in the hunt to win the tournament’s Golden Boot award, and will look to add to his impressive goal totals against a suspect German backline. Villa will have to be at his best in this match, especially considering the stunning lack of output the Spaniards have received from fellow star striker, Fernando Torres. Despite the injuries Torres was forced to overcome entering this South Africa, the Liverpool product has been essentially anonymous in all of his matches. That must change if La Furia Roja hope to advance to their first-ever World Cup final.
Unfortunately for head coach Vicente del Bosque, his side will have to deal with a key injury along the backline. Centre-back Raul Albiol remains injured, and will miss the clash against the Germans with an injury. Rumors have also run rampant about the status of the aforementioned Torres. Many within the Spanish media feel that it is time to bench the one known as “El Nino.” Although he may start on the sidelines, Torres remains too lethal of a talent to remain there. He is simply too good to go completely unnoticed in South Africa, and will be keen on making his mark on the tournament. If he does begin this match on the bench though, look for del Bosque to replace him with Cesc Fabregas, and employ a 4-3-2-1 formation.
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila; Busquets, Alonso; Iniesta, Xavi, Silva; Villa
Unlike their opponents, the Germans certainly possess an illustrious tradition of winning on the international stage, and will look to add to their trophy case by defeating Spain. Head coach Joachim Loew will be dealt with a host of injury concerns as this match approaches. Midfielder Cacau has been hampered recently with injuries, as has a key player in Sami Khedira. Khedira has been battling a thigh problem, but all reports have him raring to go against the Spaniards. Perhaps the most crushing blow to the Germans however, will be the absence of dynamic young midfielder Thomas Mueller. He has been one of the top players in South Africa, let alone the top rookie. His suspension forces in Toni Kroos to employ the right flank in the midfield, and although Kroos is a capable player, the skill and creativity Mueller implements will be sorely missed.
With the holes in the midfield, important German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be imperative to any team success the Germans have against Spain. Though only 25, he is considered one of the veterans of an incredibly youthful German side. His customary runs in the midfield, and fancy footwork will be crucial to breaking down a talented Spanish midfield. If Schweinsteiger can outplay the Spanish midfield, the Germans have a great chance at playing on Sunday, opposed to Saturday.
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Kroos, Oezil, Podolski; Klose
What to Expect:
Both sides are truly world-class talents, exuding all of the skill and determination needed to be crowned World Cup champions. Although this match is certainly fitting for a final, Germany and Spain will have to merely settle for a trip to Sunday’s big match instead. The Spaniards have long been the underachievers at these big tournaments, yet they’ve shown an unparalleled resiliency here in South Africa, and are hungry for some long awaited international success. David Villa could be the best goal-scorer in the world right now, and his speed will give a sluggish German defensive group trouble for the full 90 minutes. Look for him, along with an inspired Fernando Torres off the bench, to provide the Spaniards with a late offensive push in an otherwise tightly contested game. Although both teams can seemingly score at will, expect a cautious fixture with Spain moving on to Sunday’s final against the Netherlands.
Spain vs Germany Prediction: Spain 1 – Germany 0
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