FIFA World Cup 2014 is getting more exciting, with teams giving all they have to enter the Round of 16. USA will take on Germany in a crucial Group G match on Thursday, which will possibly decide their fates in the tournament.
Both USA and Germany have four points each, needing just a draw to confirm qualification to the quarterfinals. A defeat can send either of them packing home, though there is still the chance of qualifying to the next round on goal difference. The match is going to be interesting as both teams will try to find a spot in the Round of 16.
Germany came into the tournament as one of the favorites to win the trophy. They beat Portugal 4-0 in the opening game but exposed their vulnerable side by drawing 2-2 with Ghana in the second match. USA also started their World Cup campaign on a winning note by beating Ghana 2-1 before drawing 2-2 with Portugal.
Interestingly, Germany beat Portugal convincingly, while USA managed only a draw with the same team. But in their respective meetings with Ghana, USA won while Germany had to settle for a draw.
In their nine earlier meetings, Germany won six and USA three, with the former netting 21 goals and the latter scoring 15.
The encounter on Thursday night will be different all together but betting odds favor Germany with platforms like Paddypower, Betfred, Bet365, Betfair, Betvictor and Sky Bet giving 8/11 chance for the team to win, while the odds for USA is 8/1.
Here is the betting odds for USA and Germany by various platforms, according to Betting Dictionary:
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John Ley of The Telegraph has predicted that Germany would beat USA 3-1, while BBC's Mark Lawrenson thinks the winning margin would be 2-0 in favor of Germany.
The match between USA and Germany will be played at Arena Pernambuco stadium, Brazil on Thursday night. It will be telecast live in India on Sony Six & Sony Six HD at 09:30pm IST (11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN & ESPN 2).