Game:- Germany vs Spain
Competition :- 2010 FIFA World Cup
Venue :- Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Date :- Wednesday, 7th July 2010
KO time:- 20.30 South African time
The second semi-final of the 2010 World Cup is a rematch of the 2008 European Championships Final as Spain take on Germany at Durban. Germany have played some glorious attacking football scoring thirteen goals en route to the semis. Spain have looked solid but have had to rely on Villa’s individual brilliance. Will Joachim Low’s young side upset the Spanish applecart? Read our preview and bet with Bet365 – our preferred bookmaker.
Germany – last few games – most recent game on top
Germany 4-0 Argentina (Klose*2,Muller,Friedrich)
Germany 4-1 England (Klose, Podolski, Muller*2)
Germany 1-0 Ghana (Ozil)
Germany 0-1 Serbia
Germany 4-0 Australia ( Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller, Cacau)
Thomas Mueller’s suspension has left a void in the German midfield. Polish born diminutive right midfielder Piotr Trochowski should get a start in the absence of the 20-year old star. Low could also go for a 4-4-2 formation playing Cacau alongside Miroslav Klose who is just one short of Ronaldo’s goal scoring record at the World Cup. The rest of the team – Neuer, Lahm, Friedrich, Mertasacker, Boateng, Khedira, Ozil, Schewinsteiger and Podolski pick themselves.
Spain – last few games – most recent game on top
v.Paraguay – Win 1-0 (Villa)
v.Portugal – Win 1-0 (Villa)
v.Chile – Win 2-1 (Villa, Iniesta)
v.Honduras – Win 2-0 (Villa*2)
v.Switzerland – Loss 0-1
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is likely to be benched after a string of disappointing performances. Cesc Fabregas is likely to start in his place. Del Bosque will go in with midfield comprising of Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta. Jesus Navas, Pedro and David Silva provide valuable options on the bench. The Germans’ passing and movement will be a real test for the left sided defence of Capdevilla and Puyol – both of whom find themselves on the wrong side of thirty.
Verdict: Germany 3-1 Spain (Klose, Podolski, Schweinsteiger / Villa)
The Spanish back line looks a bit iffy to me. They should find it difficult against a freely flowing German outfit.