Germany v Australia World Cup 2010
June 13, 2010 - Kick off 19.30 GMT
There‘s no Michael Ballack for Germany and this is generally considered to be a big negative in relation to the team‘s chances of winning the 2010 World Cup. However, if a recent friendly against Bosnia is anything to go by, Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to complete his international transformation from wide man to central midfielder and he‘s also got an eye for goal. Thomas Muller might get the chance to play after an impressive season for Bayern Munich, while Miroslav Klose is one of those rare players who seem to perform better for their national team than their club side.
The Australians seem to be the weakest team in Group D, with the average age of the squad significantly higher than it was in 2006, where the Socceroos came within a whisker of knocking out eventual winners Italy. Reaching the group stages again might be beyond a team that rely too heavily on Tim Cahill for inspiration and it could be a busy evening for goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, especially with Pim Verbeek‘s 4-5-1 formation effectively encouraging the opposition to come forth and attack. This might not be a vintage Germany team, but since when did that stop them achieving great results?
Best odds for the Germany win is 1.53 with Paddy Power.
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