|Pick: under (2.25 TOT) Result: Pending
Stake: 5/10 Odds: 1.74 Bookmaker: 188bet
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World Cup 2014 In Brazil
Brazil Vs Germany
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ll be well-aware of the issues Brazil are facing ahead of their semi-final tie.
Neymar is out for the tournament, and Thiago Silva is suspended for the match against Germany. In case you’re keeping count, that’s your best player and your best centre-back (and captain!) out for your biggest match so far.
It opens up a number of questions regarding team selection: Will Dante step in and partner David Luiz in defence or will Henrique? Does Bernard step in on the left of the 4-2-3-1 or is a rejig set to occur?
Dante and Bernard will be the favourites, especially with Willian struggling with an injury. The team will need to re-calibrate and move away from the “it’s all about Neymar” playing method and begin sharing the ball out.
Brazil Injuries & suspensions: Neymar (53/35 f, top scorer), Thiago Silva (51/3 d, captain)
Out of squad: Robinho (92/27 f)
Germany, finally, are beginning to move through the gears and put in their best showing so far against France in the quarter-final—the drubbing they gave 10-man Portugal aside.
Mats Hummels came into the side and seemingly fixed everything, leading a deeper defensive line, getting help from Philipp Lahm at right-back—his correct position—and switching to a far more productive 4-2-3-1 formation.
Of the two sides competing, Joachim Low’s is further ahead in its progression, and that makes it the favourite for the tie despite home advantage. No key players are injured, and they seem to be finding their feet.
“We desperately want to play in the Maracana in Rio again, on July 13,” Low told reporters ahead of the game (h/t ITV.com). “We’re not done yet.”
Germany Injuries & suspensions: Shkodran Mustafi (4/0 d), Per Mertesacker (102/4 d, doubtful), Roman Weidenfeller (3/0 g, probably in)
Out of squad: Marcell Jansen (45/3 d), Heiko Westermann (27/4 d), Marco Reus (21/7 m), Lars Bender (17/4 m), Marcel Schmelzer (16/0 d)
Prediction: Pick: Under 2.25 goals