England v Germany Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Sunday, 26th June

26th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

England v Germany Betting Odds

Free State Stadium, Mangaung/Bloemfontein
Kick Off: 15:00 GMT

England to win: 17/10 at William Hill
Draw: 23/10 at Ladbrokes
Germany to win: 15/8 at Totesport

England

World Cup Second Round: England have now fallen into arguably the tougher half of the World Cup draw and have set up a tasty looking England v Germany fixture. In what would have turned out to be a second round match against Ghana, Fabio Capello’s men, who finished as runner’s up behind the USA in Group C, have to take on the exciting Germany in the second round. Not only that, the winner of that match will likely have to play Argentina in the quarter finals, and then possibly Spain in the semi’s. Still, it leaves Brazil until the final, so that must be a positive. England finally produced when they needed to, after playing out two miserable and unimpressive drawn matches. They beat Slovenia 1-0 in their final group match, thanks to a goal by Jermain Defoe. While nerves were jangling, England got the job done, but they created enough chances to have made it more comfortable. They didn’t and now they have to face Germany, who beat Ghana in their final group match to top Group D. The easier game would have been against Ghana, as Germany are looking an impressive side. One thing the Germans will have over the English, is their speed, and will be a bit more versatile in their options in attack. So England find themselves in an unexpected position, but will hope that now the nerves over the group stage have gone, they can press on with their World Cup campaign.

If they are going to progress, then they are going to have to do it the hard way. There was always a chance of these two meeting in the second round, but when the draw was made, it was more likely that England would win their group, and Serbia would give Germany a run for their money at the top of Group D.  Now England have to face their old foe, and what a game it should be. England stuck with the tried and trusted 4-4-2, with Capello going for Defoe over Heskey, and bringing in James Milner on the right hand side of midfield. While they played with more tempo, and created more chances, England fans will be hoping that there is still more to come from the team. England still look a bit light and lacking a bit of creativity going forward, even though the stats have them as one of the teams near the top of the charts for attempts on goal. They are also the third highest passing team overall in the World Cup so far, which suggests that they have had a lot of the ball but just have not done much with it, with only two goals in their World Cup bank so far. The English team will be tested most of all by the speed which Germany will bring to the table on Sunday. No doubt they will dig in deep and battle, but they need to be just that little bit sharper in defence, and more ruthless when those chances come along. There is no need to be overwhelmed by Germany, they just need to play the smart, patient game.

Germany

With the natural attacking tendencies of this young German side, they might just trouble England at the back, where their opponents do not have a lot of pace. While the Germans ran up four goals against Australia, they lost to Serbia in a game which England will be studying and looking for weaknesses. Even in Germany’s final group game against Ghana, which they won 1-0 without looking overly impressive, there were holes there for a smart and organised England side to expose. The strength of Germany lies in their attack, and their energy is covering up some vulnerabilities at the back. England should take hope that they can break through the German flanks, if they can draw them out higher up the pitch. It may be one of those games for England, hitting the Germans on the break, with Germany looking solid in their passing and movement game. Germany keep the ball extremely well, and are ahead of England by a couple of hundred passes in the tournament so far. They like to press forward and they will welcome back their main hit man Miroslav Klose for the England match, after he was suspended for the game against Ghana.

This should be a big, tough, physical battle for both sides, as no ground will want to be given. The prize for the winner here is the quarter final match against Argentina, who will be expected to beat Mexico in their second round match. Germany keep possession so well, that they are one of the lowest fouling sides so far in the tournament, committing far less fouls than England. That is something which may be the difference between the two sides on the day, the quality of set pieces. England always cause a nuisance of themselves at set pieces, and that could be their best route to goal against the speedy Germans. There is a bit of a confident swagger about Germany, even though there are weaknesses there. They are a real dark horse for the tournament, simply because they are ready to attack teams at will, something which will make them dangerous, but could also be their downfall. They will play a more adventurous game than England, and you will, mostly likely see them in control for long periods of the match. This should be one of those classic England v Germany World Cup encounters, with both nations watching on come Sunday with passion and pride. There are no secrets about how Joachim Low’s side will play, but can the master tactician Fabio Capello get this all right on the night for England?
Extra time anyone?
Penalties anyone?

 

England starting 11 (lineup) v Germany

TEAM TBA: Will England stick with Matthew Upson in defence? Jamie Carragher is back from suspension, but the West Ham man looked very solid. Will the coach stick with goalscorer Defoe, or revert back to the physical presence of Heskey to take on the German back line? There are also fitness worries over Wayne Rooney, after Capello said that his ankle was "not so good" after coming off the field after 72 minutes in the match against Slovenia. Rooney is training and hopeful of being ready to take on the Germans? Germany themselves have major concerns over Bastian Schweinsteiger who is a serious doubt with a thigh injury. They are also monitoring left back Jerome Boateng who also has a thigh problem.

Likely England starting 11 line-up: James, Terry, Upson, Cole, Johnson, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Barry, Defoe, Rooney

Likely Germany starting 11 line-up: Neuer, Mertesacker, Friedrich, Lahm, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Muller, Klose, Podolski

 World Cup England v Germany Betting Tip: Frank Lampard Anytime Goalscorer 3/1 at SportingBet

 

 

 

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