Friday, July 9, 2010

Germany vs Uruguay 2010 World Cup

This Saturday sees the penultimate match at the 2010 World Cup as Uruguay and Germany battle it out in the third and fourth place playoff after losing their Semi Final games. Who will finish third? BetRepublic.com previews the action here.

This is the game that no side wants to ever play in as they’ve lost their Semi Final and missed the chance to play in a World Cup final. Germany played in the 2006 3rd/4th place playoff, while Uruguay last reached the last four stage in 1970 – where they were beaten by West Germany 1-0 to finish fourth.

Who will claim third place? Online sportsbooks make Germany the 4/5 favourites to win the match within ninety minutes, with Uruguay available at 7/2 and the draw can be backed at 5/2. Will the game go according to the odds though?

Both sides will be completely demoralised after losing their Semi Final matches, with Uruguay falling 3-2 to the Netherlands and Germany losing 1-0 to Spain. Both matches were gripping and ‘edge of your seat’ viewing with neither match settled until the full time whistle had blown. Uruguay put in a great performance against the Netherlands, but in the end it was the red card for Luis Suarez in the Quarter Final match against Ghana to keep his side in the World Cup. Without Suarez Uruguay did not have the goalscorer that they needed to win the game, despite scoring twice they did not have the cutting edge that Suarez would have provided. However, Suarez will be back for this match, will he be able to help inspire his side to their highest World Cup finish since they lifted the trophy in 1950?

Germany will be even more disappointed after their below par showing against Spain in their Semi Final match. They have been beaten by Spain twice in row, with the score being 1-0 when Spain beat them in the Euro 2008 final and World Cup 2010 Semi Final and they failed to score this time despite having scored thirteen times in their previous five matches. They were on the back foot for the majority of the game against Spain and, while they had a few chances, they were not the same side they have put four past both England and Argentina in their last two games. They deserved to lose the game and, as a result, they now must pick themselves up to play for third place rather than the trophy. Will they be able to do so?

Both sides have kept things fairly tight defensively, with Germany conceding just their third goal in their loss to Spain and Uruguay have conceded five goals in the knockout stages after keeping three clean sheets in their three group stage matches. However, Germany have found the net on thirteen occasions with the Uruguayans scoring nine times. Diego Forlan for Uruguay and Miroslav Klose for Germany both sit on four goals for the tournament, just one goal behind top scorers David Villa and Wesley Sneijder, and they will both be looking to find the net to claim at least one honour at the World Cup – the golden boot.

I see a Germany win in the game as they have better goal scoring and goals conceded records than Uruguay. Uruguay have their ‘never say die’ attitude but they will allow the Germans more time on the ball than Spain did and they will capitalise on this. I also see there being plenty of goals in the game, as both sides have proven that they can find the net in this tournament. As a result my money is on Germany to win @ 4/5 and there to be more than 2.5 goals in the match @ 4/6.

Back Germany to beat Uruguay @ 4/5

Back Over 2.5 goals to be scored @ 4/6

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