Brazil v Germany betting preview
The 2014 World Cup has reached the semi-final stage and tonight sees a repeat of the 2002 final as Brazil take on Germany. The bookmakers are struggling to split the two sides with independent odds comparison site Easyodds.com showing best odds of 91/50 on a Brazil victory and 2/1 for a Germany win. The draw is widely available at 9/4.
Brazil with home advantage and growing momentum will be difficult to stop but they are without two of their most influential players for tonight's match. Injury to star forward Neymar has ruled the Barcelona man out of the rest of the tournament, while captain Thiago Silva misses out through suspension. In the absence of that duo, 10/11 on Brazil qualifying for the Final looks a short price.
Opponents Germany have an excellent record against South American opposition, losing only one of their last nine matches, with that defeat being the 2002 Final. They also come into this game on the back of a impressive run of results which has seen them defeated just once in their last 26 games.
The Germans have kept four clean sheets after 90 minutes at the tournament so far, more than any other team. With Neymar missing – he's scored or assisted five of Brazil's 10 goals at the tournament – Germany look great value at 9/5 with Paddy Power and Easyodds.com to keep another shut out in 90 minutes.
Germany have won their last three matches by a one-goal margin. Easyodds.com shows best odds of 18/5 through Ladbrokes on a German win by one goal, with 4/5 on offer for either side to triumph by a single goal in 90 minutes. Brazil have conceded exactly once in four of their five matches so far, Germany to score once in this match is 31/20 with BetVictor.
In the absence of Thiago Silva, David Luiz will skipper the side and the former Chelsea man, who has scored twice in the tournament already, is 9/1 through Easyodds and Paddy Power to add to that tally at any point in 90 minutes. Germany centre half Mats Hummels also has two to his name and can be backed at 16/1 with Bet365 to score at anytime.
The knockout stages of this World Cup have seen a number of tight matches with just 11 goals scored within the regular 90 minutes of the eight Second Round matches and only five scored in normal time in the four Quarter Finals. A bet on Under 2.5 goals in the match would have paid out in 10 of the 12 knockout matches so far and it looks like another strong wager in this clash, though predictably short odds of just 29/50 through 888sport.
Best price match odds:
Brazil - 91/50
Germany - 2/1
Draw - 9/4
Article courtesy of easyodds.com