If you’re looking for some expert 2014 World Cup semifinals predictions, then keep reading.
This year’s World Cup has been a tournament for the ages that will long be remembered for its shocking outcomes and thrilling finishes that began almost as soon as the tournament got underway last month.
Brazil vs. Germany Betting Line
Asian handicap: Brazil +0 (-106) vs. Germany +0 (EVEN)
3-way line: Brazil +178 / Germany +183 / Draw +225
Total: 2 (Over -109, Under +100)
Now, with just three matches remaining…the globally-encompassing event looks like it’s going to get even more captivating that it already has been. Making things even better is the fact that you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on all three affairs, starting with Tuesday’s highly-anticipated semifinal match between World Cup favorite Brazil and elite powerhouse Germany. Click here to see all the 2014 World Cup betting odds.
With this match taking place in just over 24 hours, let’s get started.
Brazil (3-0-2) is a five-time World Cup champion that will make its 11th semifinal appearance when they battle mighty Germany (4-0-1) on Tuesday night.
While Brazil has been favored to win the 2014 World Cup, they will be missing two of their most important players on Tuesday with world-class striker Neymar missing this match because of a broken bone in his back and captain Thiago Silva being suspended following a costly yellow card against Colombia in the teams’ quarterfinal showdown.
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Silva spoke about his team’s loss of its best player.
“Neymar is very important for us. We depend a lot on him and he makes the difference in our group,” Silva said. “We have proposed to win the World Cup for Neymar because of the injury he suffered. This moment could mark the start of a revolution for us. He hopes and expects a lot from this group, and this could unite us, it could give us more determination to win.”
Now, Brazil will face what is undoubtedly their biggest obstacle and toughest test this World Cup when they take on a Germany squad that looks like it has plans on winning it all.
Brazil will have midfielder Luiz Gustavo back from suspension for this match and his presence should help the underhanded Brazilians seeing as how he plays with and against most of this Germany team during his club career in the Bundesliga.
Brazil reached the semifinals by man-handling talented Colombia 2-1 in the quarterfinal victory. The Brazilians have scored 10 goals in five matches while allowing just four along the way.
Brazil averages 16.4 shot attempts per match with 70 percent of their attempts being on target. Neymar is tied for second place I the Golden Boot chase with four goals. Clearly, the team will miss their superstar leader. According to fivethirtyeight.com, Brazil has the best chance of winning the 2014 World Cup (54 percent).
Germany reached the semifinal round by beating France 1-0 in their semifinal matchup, the team’s third straight one-goal victory. Germany has also scored 10 goals through five matches while allowing just two defensively.
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The Germans only take an average of 14.8 shot attempts each match but they at least 70 percent of their attempts are on target. Germany has committed just 57 fouls, compared with Brazil’s whopping 96.
Germany is led by world class forward and reigning Golden Boot winner forward Thomas Muller. The outstanding scorer has four goals after putting five on the board at the 2010 World Cup.
In the team’s last match, coach Joachim Low made some noticeable changes, opting for both, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira in midfield while moving Jerome Boateng to center defense and returning team captain Philipp Lahm back to his natural position at fullback. The changes helped Germany’s already stingy defense against the hard-charging French.
Brazil vs. Germany World Cup Semi Final Betting Prediction
By now, you likely know that I picked Germany to win the 2014 World Cup long before it ever began. If you didn’t know before, you sure do now. I’m sticking with them for Germany as I genuinely believe they are the best team remaining. According to the multitude of statistics that fivethirtyeight.com provides, you should know that the Germans have a 14 percent chance of winning the 2014 World Cup.
As a matter of fact, with Neymar and Thiago Silva both out for Brazil, this match looks more like a lock than a closely contested affair that goes down to the wire. I love Germany’s effectiveness at both ends of the field and I believe they will control the clock and take down a Germany team that has been tough to bounce themselves.
There’s not a lot scorers that can find the back of the net like Muller can and I expect that he will be the big difference in this captivating pairing.
Take Germany to nab the outright win.