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Brazil vs Germany Prediction - Will Brazil Be Able To Defeat Die Mannschaft Without Neymar?

Joel Amorim Jul 6, 2014 No Comment 78,388 views
World Cup 2014
Brazil
Brazil
vs Germany
Germany
ScheduleTuesday, 8 July 2014 at 20:00 GMT / 21:00 UK / 01:30 IST
VenueEstádio Mineirão (Belo Horizonte)

Next Tuesday, two former World champions, Brazil and Germany, will measure forces at the beautiful Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte on what will be the first Semi-Final of the competition.

Will David Luiz be able to lead his team to the World Cup title?
Will David Luiz be able to lead his team to the World Cup title?

Brazil have finally managed to make a stand on their last Friday’s match against Colombia. The Canarinha put up a vintage performance, especially during the first-half of the match, probably because of Thiago Silva’s early goal that increased the team’s confidence levels and inflicted a huge blow on Colombia’s game strategy. In fact, it was the first time during the World Cup that Brazil managed to display all their power since almost all their performances up until now had left something to be desired.

The clash against Colombia, however, left Luiz Felipe Scolari to lead with some unexpected headaches for the Semi-Finals’ match against Germany. The team’s most important player, Neymar, suffered a severe back injury that will force him to lose the remaining matches of the tournament and if that wasn’t bad enough, the team’s centre back Thiago Silva received his second yellow card of the competition and will also miss the Semi-Finals' match.

Scolari, who already implemented some important changes on the team’s tactical approach in the last match, will again be forced to change his side’s core as he will need to find a proper replacement for Neymar. With Barnard still miles away from his best, Hulk or even Oscar might “occupy” the position of Barcelona’s player behind Fred, as Scolari should remain faithful to the 4-4-2 approach he presented against Colombia.

Will the Germans be able to end Brazil's World Cup title dream?
Will the Germans be able to end Brazil's World Cup title dream?

As for Germany, the match against Brazil will certainly be their most complicated one so far, not only because they will be playing against the home side but also because the Germans already looked quite fatigued at this stage of the competition.

Die Mannschaft’s clash against France last Friday was far from being easy, but the Germans proved to be a better and fairly more organized team almost throughout the entire match. Germany took the lead early in the match thanks to a powerful header from Borussia Dortmund’s centre back Mats Hummels and they managed to control the game’s tempo especially during the first-half. After the break, the French team piled on the pressure but the Germans managed to sustain all of their opponents’ efforts and could have sentenced the match on at least two other occasions, which were denied by Hugo Lloris.

For the match against Brazil, Joachim Löw will certainly implement some changes in his team, especially in the front, where Müller will probably occupy Klose’s place in the box and Mario Götze should again be part of the team’s starting line-up.

It is hard to pick a team to be the favourite for a match such as this one. By playing at home and judging by their commitment on the match against Colombia, Brazil might enjoy from some favouritism for the next Tuesday’s match, although one can never rule out a powerful and skilful team such as Germany.

Brazil

Stats: W-4 L-0 D-1

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Germany

Stats: W-4 L-0 D-1

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Possible Line-ups

Brazil (4-2-2-2) - J. César - Maicon - David Luiz - Dante - Marcelo - Fernandinho - Luiz Gustavo - Hulk - Ramirez - Oscar - Fred

Germany  (4-2-3-1) - Neuer - Lahm - Hummels - Boateng - Howedes - Khedira - Schweinsteiger - Kroos - Özil - Götze - Müller

Prediction: Brazil 2 Germany 1

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