Sunday, May 20, 2018

Prediction: Germany vs Brazil

Verdict: Brazil Draw no Bet

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: William Hill

Fresh from the third successive draw in international friendlies, World Cup holders Germany take on probably the number one candidates for the trophy in Russia. Having hammered 2018 World Cup hosts Russia, Brazil will want to gain an extra psychological advantage over other title contenders and at the same time get some revenge on die Mannschaft for the embarrassing 7-1 loss at the 2014 tournament.

Germany

One of world’s most famous national teams have enjoyed plenty of success under Joachim Low, lifting the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup trophies, while finishing third at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016. Die Mannschaft are showing no signs of slowing down with plenty of quality footballers coming through the ranks and the highly rated manager has already managed to introduce a number of talented footballers who have a great future ahead of them.

The likes of Kimmich, Ginter, Sule, Draxler, Goretzka, Sane, Brandt and Werner are already considered important players and some of them managed to make quite an impact at the aforementioned Confederations Cup. After securing their place at the 2018 finals, Germany have been facing some of world’s strongest sides, sharing spoils with England, France and Spain in the process. Die Mannschaft will now attempt to return to winning ways against Brazil, but that may be easier said than done.

Team News

Emre Can misses out through a back problem, while Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil have been ruled out as well. Sami Khedira is a major doubt, but Sebastian Rudy should return.

Brazil

Brazil have been waiting for the sixth World Cup title since 2002 and they were determined to end the title drought at the 2014 tournament on home soil. However, the campaign proved a major embarrassment due to the 7-1 loss to Germany in the semis, and the team needed quite a while to recover from the loss. The Selecao finally managed to show some improvement when Tite took over and they have been pretty impressive ever since.

Brazil qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals in style, finishing the campaign 10 points clear of second-placed Uruguay, and they will travel to Russia in excellent spirits. Following a 3-1 triumph over Japan and goalless draw with England, the Selecao demonstrated their power with a 3-0 away win over WC hosts Russia, as Miranda, Coutinho and Paulinho all got on the scoresheet. The triumph proved Brazil can be just as ruthless even without PSG superstar Neymar, who is hoping to make a comeback in time to feature at the 2018 World Cup.

Team News

Even though there are no fresh selection worries, head coach Tite is expected to bring Ederson, Marquinhos, Fernandinho and Roberto Firmino to his starting line-up.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Last six meetings between Germany and Brazil produced 26 goals
  • This will be their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup clash
  • Germany unbeaten since Euro 2016 (W16 D6)
  • Die Mannschaft shared spoils in last three
  • Brazil unbeaten in last 13 away games (W8 D5)

Conclusion

Even though Germany have failed to win any of their last three matches and are missing some important players, die Mannschaft should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, Brazil are in much better form at the moment, they are playing with a great deal of confidence and we expect the Selecao to dominate the encounter in Berlin.

Verdict: Brazil Draw no Bet

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: William Hill

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