World Cup 2014: Brazil vs. Germany Preview
Two teams live on into Tuesday afternoon, as the 2014 World Cup rages on to set up the final showdown for the once-every-four-years world soccer championship.
Germany and host-team Brazil remain two strong contenders to take the crown, but only one can move on as the two sides square off in what should be a heated battle when their match starts at 3:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday afternoon.
The question on everyone’s mind, naturally, is who is going to come through in the end?
It’s as close of a battle as World Cup fans can really ask for, as neither team has lost a single contest during their World Cup runs. In fact, both Germany and Brazil have four World Cup wins this year, with just one draw each. Brazil worked to a 0-0 draw with a strong Mexico team in the grouping stage, while Germany battled a respectable Ghana team to a 2-2 tie.
The biggest storyline outside of the fact that Brazil is the host team and playing in front of their own fans, is the loss of superstar Neymar, who fractured a vertebra in his lower back in Brazil’s win over Colombia in their last contest.
Brazil will also be without their captain, Thiago Silva, who picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against Colombia and will have to sit out the battle against Germany.
The key losses on the side of Brazil could spell the end of a dramatic run, as Germany is already a formidable foe even without losing the star power.
Throughout the World Cup, Germany has been the slightly stiffer defense, allowing just three goals in five contests, while Brazil has given up four (one in four of five contests). Still, they’re closely measured in this area, while both teams have also been fairly potent on the offensive end (10 goals apiece).
With these teams measuring up well, this match is a virtual toss up at first glance. However, add in the key losses for Brazil, and it’s hard not to grant Germany the edge.
Pick: Germany, 2-1
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