Germany vs England – injury worries mount for Germany
Germany’s preparations for their crunch last 16 tie with England have been hit by a string of injuries to their star players.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is a major doubt for the second round clash after injuring his thigh during Germany’s 1-0 win against Ghana.
Schweinsteiger is a key figure in central midfield for Germany, and his distribution skills could be a huge loss to Joachim Low’s side, who are 7/4 to beat England.
Defender Jerome Boateng is also a doubt to face England with a calf strain. Losing Boateng would be a blow to a solid German defence, though Holger Badstuber and Marcell Jansen are very able replacements.
Germany, like England, have conceded just one goal at the World Cup so far, and this last 16 encounter could be a tight affair. The match’s total goal count to be under 2.5 is priced at 8/15.
Midfield playmaker Mesut Ozil also sustained an injury during Germany’s win against Ghana, but he is expected to recover from a twisted ankle in time for the England match.
Ozil, whose scorching long-range strike gave Germany their 1-0 victory over Ghana, is 14/1 to score first against England.
Germany will also have Miroslav Klose available again after the Bayern Munich striker served a one-match suspension against Ghana. Klose is 7/1 to open the scoring.