Brazil vs Germany
by Ryan Kramer
Time: Tuesday July 8th @ 1:00 PM Pacific
Location: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Weather: 72° F and partly cloudy
Radio: ESPN Radio
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Spread(90min): Brazil PICK (-105)/Germany PICK (-115)
MoneyLine(90min): Brazil +175/Germany +160/Draw +260
To Advance: Brazil +100 / Germany -120
For the Brazilians all the story lines surrounding this matchup is who wont be playing. Brazil will first and foremost be with out their brightest star. The 22 year old Neymar is their playmaker and really the only guy who gets the fans out of their seats EVERY time he touches the ball. To compound this the Brazilian’s will also be without Thiago Silva who is their captain and best defender.
On the German side quite simply can they overcome the South American home field advantage and cash in on what seems to be great luck in catching Brazil with out 2 of there best players.
Brazil (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cesar; Maicon, Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Gustavo, Fernandinho; Willian, Oscar, Hulk; Fred.
Germany (Possible, 4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Götze.
In order to present a proper prediction we have invited our soccer expert Billi on to present his take on this matchup and tournament outlook.
Billi’s take on Brazil vs Germany:
Well, I wanted Brazil vs Holland to play in the final, Brazil who I tipped & backed vs the team I want to see win it because they’re managed by Van Gaal. However, I think these teams have used up their luck getting here. As a Manchester United & Green Bay Packers fan, I can tell that ONE player can make a difference. We lost Van Persie at Manchester United and Rodgers at the Green Bay Packers, and suffered a huge dip without them. Neymar is the main man for Brazil. They have also lost Silva in defense to, their best defender & captain. I don’t see any way Brazil win this, and if they get the Germans to penalties, they definitely lose those.
Billi’s take on the remainder of the World Cup
With that said, I’m picking a Germany vs Argentina final at 13/5. I can’t see a Europe vs Europe, or South America vs South America final, either way. If you want more money take a forecast at 6/1 for Argentina to beat Germany in the final. An Argentina win should secure Messi both the Golden boot and player of the tournament, proving Messi can add either 2 goals and 2 assists or just 3 goals. In addition to these bets, my main bet for the next is once again an under-under parlay. I’ve hit parlay winners on the unders through the last 2 rounds (3 fold and 2 fold last round), so stick with that, as these games will be super tight, with the biggest game in the world looming for the victors. If you don’t fancy Argentina, back Rodriguez to your winner parlays, as he’s certain to win if Messi doesn’t. Rodriguez and Germany in a double would be 9/2.
Parlay the under with the under in the Argentina vs Netherlands game. Also parlay Germany to advance and Argentina to advance.
Score: Germany 1(5) – Brazil 1(4)
Germany to advance -120…Feels like a tough proposition to go against the home nation but losing Neymar and Silvia will be to much to overcome especially against a very discipline German side.
Score: Germany 2(1 extra time goal) – Brazil 1
Brazil to advance +100 Home crowd and home cooked refs will be too much for Germany to overcome. In 1962 World Cup Pelé went out early with an injury and Brazil went on to win without him and expect a similar outcome here.
Score: Brazil 1 – Germany 0
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