The Germans always come out swinging, World Cup after World Cup the German national team has always been a top threat amongst the greats. Having won three titles of their own, what advantage do they bring into 2014?
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Germany’s first challenge in this tournament is to make it out of Group G. That might sound an odd thing to say about a team with such a prestigious record in the final stages of World Cups, but in Portugal, Ghana and the USA they have drawn three real wild cards. You can get odds as long as 8.0 with Stan James on them going out at the group stage, which is far shorter than you will find on the likes of Brazil and Argentina.
Balanced against that, though, is the fact that the Germans are a ruthless, if sometimes vulnerable, side. This was exemplified in their qualifying campaign, where they won nine of their ten games, but drew the other 4-4 after leading 4-0. They will need to tighten up that defence whilst maintaining the attacking prowess if they are to challenge for the title, where they are currently 6.0 joint second favorites.
Neither should be hard to do. Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and Phillip Lahm arguably the best right back in it. The attack will be prompted by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who now has over a century of caps to his name, and by Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, one of the stars of the 2010 competition. Tomas Muller, who top scored in 2010, remains as the leader of the attack and he’s 5.0 to do so again this time, alongside another veteran in Miroslav Klose.
Germany’s main priority here should just be to qualify out of the group. Winning or coming second won’t make much difference because their second round opponent will come from Group H, which is one of the weakest groups and should prove no opposition for Joachim Low’s side no matter who comes out of it. Indeed, it is hard to see this side not making the semi-finals at least, and you can get 5.5 with BetVictor on their tournament ending there.