Germany vs Brazil preview

August 9, 2011
By: Frank Beresford

Germany and Brazil are set to square off at Mercedes-Benz Arena in what should be an enthralling encounter.

Germany continue to impress under Joachim Low, having already qualified for the 2012 Euro after winning all seven qualifying games and they are now 2.40 (7/5) with William Hill to beat Brazil as well.

Die Mannschaft enter this match without Real Madrid duo Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, but Borussia Dortmund’s latest acquisition Ilkay Gundogan has received his first call-up.

Michael Ballack has yet again been overlooked, but Bundesliga hotshot Mario Goetze is expected to star in the playmaker role.

Germany squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen).

Defenders: Dennis Aogo (Hamburg), Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Christian Trasch (Wolfsburg).

Midfielders: Sven Bender (Dortmund), Mario Gotze (Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Dortmund), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Monchengladbach), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen).

Forwards: Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Koln), Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen).

Brazil continue their preparations for the 2014 World Cup with another game against strong opponents, and there are no doubts that Selecao will have something to prove in Stuttgart.

The team are a bit low on confidence following the disappointing exit from the Copa America, even if Mano Menezes’ side have shown a lot of potential at the tournament.

Brazil really raised their game following the slow start and they were extremely unlucky to lose to Paraguay, having completely outclassed their opponents.

The game against Germany will be a perfect opportunity for Selecao to prove their worth, so bear in mind that Brazil are 3.10 (21/10) with Bet365 to win the game.

Mano Menzes has named a similar squad to that which played at Copa America, although David Luiz and Lucas Leiva have withdrawn from the squad.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Victor (Gremio).

Defenders: Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Dede (Vasco de Gama), Lucio, Maicon (both Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Elias (Atletico Madrid), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ganso (Santos), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Luis Gustavo (Bayern Munich), Ralf (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Renato Augusto (Bayer Leverkusen).

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Jonas (Valencia), Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Santos), Robinho (AC Milan).


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