Australia vs Germany preview – Group D

The Socceroos will have plenty of fanatics at their first match of the 2010 World Cup when Group D action continues between Australia and Germany on Monday 14th June at 4:30am Melbourne time at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa

Germany defeated Australia 4-3 the last time they played in International competition.

Miroslav Klose 7, Lukas Podolski 6, Michael Ballack 4 and Bastian Schweinsteiger 3 were Germany’s major scorers during qualifcation and the Germans scored at 2.60 goals per game which is a very healthy figure.

Australia had Brett Emerton and Tim Cahill with 4 goals and Josh Kennedy and Harry Kewell with 3 each on the qualifying trail and the Socceroos scored goals at 1.36 per game.

Australia Australia vs Germany Germany

When: Monday13th June
Time: 4:30am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
Jun 05 Germany 4, Australia 3, Frankfurt, Confederations Cup

Recent History
Jun 05 Germany 4, Australia 3, Frankfurt, Confederations Cup
Jun 74 Australia 0, West Germany 3, Hamburg, World Cup

Latest Australia and Germany Form

Australia (#20)
05.06.10 Lost Australia 3-1 USA Friendlies
01.06.10 WON Australia 1-0 Denmark Friendly
24.05.10 WON Australia 2-1 New Zealand Friendly
10.10.09 Draw Australia 0-0 Netherlands Friendly
05.09.09 WON Australia 3-1 South Korea Friendly

Australia has good form of late and their defence has been the cornerstone with defeats few and far between. Recent friendlies have seen wins over New Zealand and Denmark before they found the USA a little bit too good on the day losing by 2 goals.

Germany (#6)
03.06.10 WON Germany 3-1 Bosnia Friendly
29.05.10 WON Germany 3-0 Hungary Friendly
13.05.10 WON Germany 3-0 Malta Friendly
03.03.10 Lost Germany 0-1 Argentina Friendly
18.11.09 Draw Germany 2-2 Ivory Coast Friendly

Germany has been impressive in recent friendlies scoring 3 goals on each occasion against inferior sides. Their past two matches against World Cup class opponents has seen a loss to Argentina by a goal and a 2-2 draw with the Ivory Coast.

Australia vs Germany Preview

Australia
The Socceroos were unbeaten in the last group stage of qualification and won their Asian Group by five points from Japan to qualify for their second consecutive Finals in recent times.

Dario Vidosic, Brett Holman and Josh Kennedy scored goals for Australia in recent friendlies.

Germany
Germany had a fairly comfortable qualification for the 2010 World Cup and they finished on top of their European Group.

Cacau kicked 3 recent friendly goals and Bastian Schweinsteiger scored two penalties.

Sportsbet odds for Australia and Germany

Australia 6.50
Draw 4.00
Germany 1.53

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Australia vs Germany Match Prediction

Being Australian we will be rooting for an Aussies win at Durban and we cannot seriously consider backing a side to defeat the green and gold of Australia in the World Cup.

Putting the neutral hat back on, this is a game Germany should win all things being equal. Australia will no doubt serve it up to the Germans but our lack of penetration up forward will come back to haunt us.

Maybe now people will respect how good Mark Viduka was up forward for the Socceroos, even though he didn’t score heavily, he always brought other players into the game. Something Josh Kennedy is unable to do and he has no presence whatsoever up front for the Socceroos.

Finding a path through the German defence will be a forlorn exercise for Australia and as much as it pains us to say it, we think Germany will prove a 2 goal better side than the Aussies on the day.

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