Friday, June 18, 2010

Germany vs Serbia - Prediction


11:30 AM GMT, June 18, 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Team Stat Comparison

Matches Played11
Table Position13
Goal Difference4-1
Goals for *4.00.0
Goals against *0.00.0
Last 5WL
Last 5 homeWL
Last 5 away
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Germany | Serbia

Competition Stats

GoalsMiroslav Klose 1
AssistsLukas Podolski 1
YellowsMesut Özil 1Nikola Zigic 1
RedsAleksandar Lukovic 1
Squads: Germany | Serbia

Germany player to watch: Lukas Podolski. Having failed to fire for Bayern Munich, the Cologne striker moved back home but had a pretty poor season by his standards last year. Still, he seems to turn it on when he pulls on the Germany shirt and his opening goal against Australia proved he hasn't lost his touch. Full of pace and direct running, his role down the left flank is crucial in getting behind the opposition defence.

Serbia player to watch: Neven Subotic. Linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, the young Dortmund defender is one of the hottest properties in the European game and will come in for the suspended Aleksandar Lukovic. A tough tackler with good aerial ability, Subotic chose to play for Serbia over USA (having settled in the country in 1999) and will have the eyes of the world upon him as he auditions for a possible big move in the summer.
Key battle: Thomas Muller v Aleksandar Kolarov. Muller has been one of the form players in Europe this season and has been keeping Klose and Mario Gomez out of the Bayern Munich side. His versatility allows him space on the right for this country, but he carries a good goal threat when he cuts in and he will also be keen to banish the Champions League final from his memory after he missed a one-on-one chance against Inter that would have levelled the scores at 1-1. Kolarov is another to have had a good season (albeit in a poor overall one for Lazio) and has many admirers in the Italian game - most notably champions Inter Milan. Tall and strong, his pace and power are vital to Serbia's defence.
Trivia: If Miroslav Klose scores against Serbia he will go level with the greatest of all-time, Pele, on 12 goals in the competition. Ronaldo has the record with 15 though.
Stats: Serbia have lost all four of their matches at the World Cup and have conceded three goals to penalties in their last three World Cup matches.
Odds: Germany (1.66), Serbia (5.75) and the draw (3.60) are all on offer atBet 365, but given Serbia's aerial ability, Nemanja Vidic at 15.00 to score anytime looks good.
Prediction: German confidence is high and their attacking prowess suggests that they should win comfortably, most likely sending Serbia out.

Germany 2-0.

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