Spain will take on Germany Wednesday July 7th in Durbin, South Africa for the honor of playing the World Cup Final Saturday. Both teams were expected to make it this far in the World Cup, now it is time to close the deal. Germany has scored the most goals in World Cup play so far and Spain has struggled to score the six goals they have, five by striker David Villa.
Spain Would Have Been Eliminated in World Cup Group Play if Not For Villa.
Spain has been non existent on offense with the exception of David Villa. Only one goal has been scored by Spain and that was by Andrés Iniesta, a midfielder. Striker Fernando Torres absence while out on the pitch has generated much discussion in the Spanish media and the world media. Torres, returning from an injury has not looked sharp since the World Cup began.
Never has a team been carried by one player in recent memory, as Villa has carried this Spain team. Villa has pulled Spain out of the fire several times already in this World Cup in dramatic fashion and will most likely be awarded the World Cup’s Golden Boot when this is all over.
Germany Has Scoring Threats From Every Angle in This World Cup.
Germany has scorers that can attack from midfield or forward but they will be missing a critical element of their forward attack. Thomas Müller will be serving a suspension for a controversial second yellow card in Germany’s victory over Argentina. Stepping up to the forward position will be Lukas Podolski, who already has two goals. Podolski will be playing alongside of Miroslav Klose who is also looking to become the only player to ever win the World Cup Golden Boot twice.
Germany dominated Argentina, a team that was considered the favorite after The Netherlands booted favorite Brazil out of the World Cup. Germany has posted four goals three times in this World Cup and they may not be done yet. With Podolski and Klose up front, Germany doesn’t give up much.
Goalkeepers Have Both Been Nearly Perfect in World Cup Play.
Both goalkeepers Manuel Neuer of Germany and Iker Casillas have played at a high level in this World Cup and it will be a shame if one them lets an easy goal in to decide this World Cup Semi Final. Neuer has faced more shots than Casillas but Casillas has more International experience. If this one comes down to penalty kicks be prepared for a wild finish.
Las Vegas Hilton Superbook Favors Spain -125 over Germany +105.
The Las Vegas Hilton has made Spain a slight favorite over the high scoring Germany team, possibly because of the absence of Muller. His absence should not be much of a factor with Klose and Podolski up front for Germany. David Villa simply cannot continue to carry this team by himself. Germany will make his life miserable and Villa will be held to just a few shots on goal. What he does with them will possibly decide this match. Take Germany +105 to beat Spain. For a second breakdown see World Cup 2010 Spain vs Germany: Las Vegas Odds & Picks.
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