World Cup 2014 Group G preview: USA v Germany
Both the USA (8/1 to win the game) and Germany (odds-on at 8/11) are level on points on four, and first and second respectively in Group G, but neither are certain to progress to the last 16 just yet.
A draw, priced at 15/8, would be enough for the duo to qualify for the knockout phase and, with both getting a point from their last respective matches, back that outcome again.
However, this will be the 10th time Die Mannschaft and the Stars and Stripes have faced each other, and the spoils have never been shared in previous showdowns.
It seems that both sides certainly want to top the group. USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann said: “I don’t think that we are made for draws. I think both teams go into this game and they want to win the group.”
“The United States is known to give everything they have in every single game. We have that fighting spirit. We have that energy and that determination to do well in every single game.”
Commanding German centre back Mats Hummels, meanwhile, added: “It would be highly unsportsmanlike and unfair to other teams if anyone on the pitch had such thoughts [of playing for a draw].”
On top of the Americans’ head coach Klinsmann being a former international for their upcoming opponents, the USA incredibly have four German-born players in their squad.
Defenders John Brooks, Timothy Chandler and Fabian Johnson, as well as midfielder Jermaine Jones were all born and raised in the European country, while Bayern Munich teenage winger Julian Green also qualified for both nations. They are priced at 16/1, 16/1, 12/1 and 11/2 respectively to score anytime, in this sentimental match for them.
Although Brooks and Jones have already managed to find the net in this tournament so far, perhaps a player more likely to get a goal for the USA in this fixture is Clint Dempsey – who has been on target in both group games. He is 11/4 to score anytime in his third successive match.
For Germany, they happen to have the new joint-record scorer in World Cup history, Miroslav Klose (tied with Brazil legend Ronaldo on 15), and Portugal hat-trick hero Thomas Muller in their ranks. They have the same price of evens to net anytime and 5/1 to bag a brace or better.
Muller ended the last match with Cameroon, that ended 2-2, covered in blood just before the final whistle went, but has been passed fit to play. “Pain-free is a big word, but I’ll be able to play without pain killers,” the Bayern attacker confirmed.
It has been confirmed, however, that the USA’s Jozy Altidore will take no part, after failing to recover from an injury sustained in the match against Cameroon.
Klinsmann said he hopes he can play a part in the latter stages, though, if they qualify. “Jozy is recovering really well, he’s doing a tremendous job and our medical staff is on top of it,” the Stars and Stripes boss stated.
“This game [against Germany] comes still too early for him, but we’re working on him. We’ll get him back in this tournament, as we said. So once this game hopefully is done successfully, we’ll have a good chance to have him back in the team.”
This World Cup has witnessed some high scoring matches so far and, with Germany and the USA’s last meeting being 4-3 in favour of the latter, expect more again. Three of their last four meetings have produced five or more goals, and you can take odds of 5/1 for their to be over 4.5 once more.