Prior to the tournament starting, many people thought the dream final would be Brazil vs Argentina, as the tournament has progressed and now into the semi-final stages, it may be an altogether different case even if it is a very likely possibility. Both sides have reached this stage without overly impressing and relied on their defence as much as their famed attack.
Four years on from their final against Spain in which they were the bullies, the Dutch side have been the most entertaining so far with Arjen Robben providing the majority of the excitement and drama. Germany have been inconsistent like many sides at this World Cup which is perhaps why it has been so enjoyable, but they like Brazil and Argentina have found themselves in a semi-final without ever playing their best football.
Tonight, Brazil take on Germany. The hosts are without captain Thiago Silva and star player Neymar but stand in captain David Luiz has been one of the best players at the tournament so far and he’ll look to lead his team to a final. Germany have looked susceptible at the back, aside from Mats Hummels the defensive unit has been far from efficient. Striker Miroslav Klose is one goal away from breaking Ronaldo’s all time goalscoring record at the World Cup Finals and it may be a fitting way for it to happen against Brazil, in Brazil. Thomas Muller has his eyes set on being the tournament top goalscorer again but Brazil look destined to reach the final, back Muller to score first and Brazil to win 2:1 @ 51.00
In tomorrow’s game, Argentina take on Netherlands in which may come down to a battle between Messi vs Robben. Both sides have maintained good defensive records despite the individuals perhaps not being the best around. Argentina are without the injured Di Maria who may well prove hard to replace given his ability combined with a great work rate for his country. Whilst Messi has managed to carry his team this far, the final may prove to be a hurdle too great if he is not supported. Perhaps even more ominous for Argentina’s chances is that Wesley Sneijder appears to have found his 2010 form in these knockout stages, he dictated the game against Costa Rica and if players around him were more clinical there would not have been the need for penalties. Back Sneijder to score and Netherlands to win @ 11.00
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