Germany vs Serbia – attacking Germany meets defensive Serbia
So far, along with Argentina, Germany are the form team of the competition, with their odds improving to 6/1 to win the whole thing.
With Germany in a rich vein of scoring form, having put four past Australia, Serbia will have their work cut out.
But with Vidic, Ivanovic, and new boy Nevan Subotic – currently linked with Man United – forming a strong defence, the Germans will be facing rather sterner competition in this second match. Serbia have odds of 7/2 to keep a clean sheet.
That said, with Serbia yet to win a World Cup match – both with and without their pals Montenegro – and Germany having last lost a second World Cup match all the way back in 1954, Serbia are definitely the outsiders here, with odds of 5/1 to win the match, compared to Germany’s 4/7.
In terms of goalscorers, Serbia will be looking to their big front man, Nikola Zigic (10/1 to be the first goalscorer), whilst Germany’s Miroslav Klose is just one goal away from equaling the great Pele’s World Cup record of 12 goals – his odds of scoring the first one are 9/2.
Interestingly, when Klose scores at World Cups, he often does so in mini-binges. A hat trick in 2002 against Saudi Arabia, a brace of braces in 2006 (Costa Rica; Ecuador), not to mention two impressive hat tricks in qualifying (Finland; Azerbaijan).
His odds of following Argentina’s Higuain to a World Cup 2010 hat trick are 20/1.
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