England stumbled through their World Cup group and barely survived while Germany was 2-1 in their group losing to Serbia. The key development in this match is that Germany is banged up heading into the World Cup knockout rounds.
Germany is Banged Up Physically & England is Banged Up Mentally
England is banged up also. Only England’s problem is all in their head. England has not been able to kick start their potent offense, led by Wayne Rooney but they did address their goalkeeper issue. David James did not start England’s first match against the United States and replacement goalkeeper, Robert Green made the worst blunder of opening weekend, allowing the United States to score a dribbling goal.
Now with James in between the sticks, England has yet to allow a goal going on two World Cup matches now. James has not been severely tested but he has not blown any saves either. Heading into this match with Germany, James has the edge over Germany’s younger, less experienced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
This World Cup Match May Have the Most Action of the Weekend
This World Cup match will have the most action of the weekend the key will be which goalkeeper can shutdown the opposition’s strikers. Germany will be sending their best strikers out front including, Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Özil. The trio has not met with much success but they do have three goals between them.
On England’s side, Wayne Rooney is struggling so far in the World Cup and if he is shut down in this match and England loses, it will be a long ride home for the world renowned striker. England has only hit the back of the net twice in the World Cup so far and if this record of futility continues England is doomed.
Both Teams Are Solid Defensively But Will Be Tested in this World Cup Match
Germany and England are both tough to get behind for any offense but one thing to remember, is that a good defense can jump start a quick offensive break. Both teams rely on their defense to make a steal and create on offensive break from their own end. An injured Jerome Boateng, could hurt Germany by missing this match. He is one of their quickest men back on defense and rarely lets a man get behind him.
Final Breakdown of England -120 vs Germany (Even)
This World Cup match could either be the greatest match of the weekend or it could develop into a defensive snore fest. The offensive version is the most likely scenario. Both teams are itching to show off their scoring prowess and rack up some goals in the World Cup knockout round.
Although there is actually no reason to think England could break out of their funk in this World Cup match, they are the slight favorite heading in. The Las Vegas Hilton has installed England as the -120 slight favorite over Germany and with Germany ailing physically, England may be the best choice. They just need to break out and score a couple of goals to open the floodgates. Take England -120 but don’t get carried away with a large bet.
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