Germany are among the most successful nations in World Football with three World Cups and three European Championships behind them but it’s been nearly 20 years since the country lifted a major trophy. You can always rely on any German side to be strong but can they triumph in South America and bring back the World Cup for a fourth time?
Joachim Low’s team are the highest placed European side to bet on and third favourites overall at odds of 1/2 with Winner Sports but this strong squad will have to progress from a relatively tough opening group.
Low’s men have been placed in Group G and their opening match against Portugal on the 16th of June promises to be a real classic. Whoever wins that tie will be almost certain to progress into the knockout stages but if there are any slips, the remaining fixtures will prove to be tough.
Ghana and the USA have caused their fair share of upsets in World Football and the danger that they pose means that neither Germany nor Portugal can afford to lose that prestige opener.
Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer is Low’s first choice keeper and should prove to be one of the most consistent stoppers at the World Cup. The manager will hope that Neuer stays fit however as there is a distinct lack of experienced back-up.
The goalie sits behind one of the most comfortable back fours in the tournament with Per Mertesacker and captain Philipp Lahm amassing over 200 caps between them. The Germans conceded ten goals in ten qualifying games and should have one of the meanest records in Brazil this summer.
The key to Germany’s consistency over the years has been an uncompromising midfield based largely on a strong defensive ethic. In 2014 however, the middle four have a creative balance and an ability to contribute a number of goals from the centre of the park.
Andre Schurrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Arsenal pair of Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil all pose a serious scoring threat and if they deliver on that potential this summer, Germany could go all the way to their fourth title.
The veteran Miroslav Klose can play as a lone striker and that may well be how Low sets his side up in the group stages. The Lazio centre forward has an impressive record of 68 goals in 131 international appearances and that includes 14 goals in three World Cup finals and Klose only needs two more to break the all time World Cup top scorers record held by Brazil’s Ronaldo.
Low named just one striker in his most recent squad for the game with Chile but the manager has the option to recall Mario Gomez who has not featured for the national side since September 2013. Whatever happens, we can expect Miroslav Klose to be the main threat with Podolski and Ozil pushing up behind him.
Germany to Win Odds
A lack of cover up front shouldn’t be a concern for this side and as long as they can take the points from Portugal in their opener, Germany should win the group and give you an instant profit at an odds of 4/7 with William Hill.
The knockout stages will then depend on the luck of the draw but if Low’s men can avoid the South American threat of Brazil and Argentina, they are capable of making it all the way to the final and even win World Cup. Germany are quoted at 9/4 odds with Paddy Power to become one of two finalists and we tip them to do just that. Alternatively, a top three finish is easily within their reach and this is a safer betting option at a price of 9/5.