Germany hungry for World Cup success despite injuries

28th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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After dealing with numerous injuries to players, including captain Michael Ballack, which has resulted in a reshuffled Germany World Cup squad, Germany are pressing on with their World Cup preparations full of confidence. They head next to Budapest to take on Hungary, in an International Friendly which will be a test of how they may fare under new captain Philipp Lahm. The Bayern Munich defender was handed the captain’s armband by coach Joachim Low after Ballack was surprisingly ruled out. To add to Germany’s injury woes, first choice keeper Rene Adler also had to withdraw, along with Christian Traesch, World Cup betting tips may have started drifting away from the Germans, who were hovering around the form of being a dangerous contender outside of the leading pack.

World Cup betting at Bet365 places Germany out at 12/1 which is still a decent price for a nation with such great World Cup heritage. The match against Hungary is their penultimate game before the 2010 World Cup, and coach Low is taking some precautions by resting some of his main players. This may be serving as a chance to look at the back-up to his back-up, as he no doubt will have had cause for thought after the spate of injuries and withdrawals. While they have lost influential players, Germany still look a good, all-round unit with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Lahm himself in the side. Low will likely go with Manuel Neuer as the starting goalkeeper after Adler’s withdrawal. Hungary should put up enough of a stern test to see how Germany will cope when it comes to breaking down their World Cup opponents.

Germany already faced a tough test
in their Group D World Cup Fixtures, as they have to face Australia, Serbia and Ghana, which will all pose threats of different kinds. Serbia is the World Cup betting tip on most people’s lips when it comes to picking up odds on an outsider, due to the talent they showed in winning their qualification group. Australia will be a test of pace for Germany, while Ghana are an all round complete, patient passing team. Group D is one of the closest groups to call in the competition, and with the injuries Germany have suffered, it could spur on the chances and hopes of the other three teams. The group runner up, will likely face England in the first knockout round, with Fabio Capello’s men expected to top Group C.

Saturday, May 28th International Friendly
Germany to win: 1/2 at SkyBet
Draw: 10/3 at Bet365
Hungary to win: 6/1 at Sporting Bet

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