World Cup Betting: Germany vs. Spain The second World Cup Semi Final sees the dark horses of the tournament take on the pre-tournament favourites for the second spot in Sunday’s final. Who will progress? Germany or Spain? BetRepublic previews the game here.
Germany v Spain Soccer Betting Tip: Spain came into the tournament as the favourites, but the 2008 European Champions haven’t really lived up to that billing, while no-one was expecting much from Germany in South Africa but they have breezed past England and Argentina in the knockout stages scoring eight goals make Spain the 8/5 favourites to win in normal time ahead of Germany at 9/5 and the draw at 11/5.The odds are close, but who will progress? Both sides have lost one game in the 2010 finals, with Germany’s loss coming at the hands of Serbia in their second group game. That loss came after join top scorer, with four goals, Miroslav Klose was red carded in the first half and they conceded a goal just seconds later. They should have got back into the game but missed a succession of chances, including a penalty.
That goal was half of the goals that Germany have conceded in the tournament, with the only other goal coming in the game against England in the last sixteen stage. In comparison to conceding so few, the Germans are right on form up front and have scored thirteen goals, with twelve of them coming in three matches where they scored four goals. Australia, England and Argentina have all been swept away by the goal scoring abilities of this youthful German side, will Spain be able to hold them back? If they are to do so, they will have to improve vastly as, while they have been winning games, they have not been totally convincing in doing so.
They dominated all of their group matches, yet lost 1-0 to Switzerland, beat Honduras 2-0 and sneaked past a ten man Chile 2-1. They should have won all games by more, but, apart from David Villa – who has scored five of the six goals that Spain have scored – they are not finding the net with the regularity that a side that plans on winning the World Cup should do. Only against Honduras and Chile have the Spanish found the net more than once in a game and they will need to score more than one to beat the Germans, but are they good enough to do it? Against Argentina, Germany knew that they had to keep Lionel Messi quiet to give themselves a chance at progressing.
They did this with style and progressed easily, and they will now attempt to do the same with David Villa in this game. Should they keep Villa quiet then they will win this game, as Spain are not firing on all cylinders in front of goal. They are need several chances to score, while it is very likely that a German player, especially Klose and Thomas Muller who have scored four times each, will find the net from that very same chance. As a result of their work rate, defending ability and goal scoring prowess my money is on Germany to upset the odds in this game and I’ll be backing them to progress to the final within normal time @ 9/5. I also feel that there will be goals in this match, so I’m on over 2.5 goals at 6/5. Check out more top tips for this game at Soccer Betting Tip BetRepublic Recommends: Back Germany to beat Spain within 90 minutes @ 9/5 Back Over 2.5 goals in the match @ 6/5