Germany vs Scotland (Prediction, 07.09.2014)

Signal Iduna Park welcomes the World Cup Champions in their first official match since becoming the best team in the world. Germany host Scotland in the opening match of group D for a chance to pull ahead in the direct qualification race. Ladbrokes favors the Champions to win this match despite the loss against Argentina that is being treated as the end of the world.

It was only a friendly match set up long before the World Cup, which saw both teams display same results, Argentina cannot win against Germany in official matches and Germany cannot win against Argentina in friendly matches. Joachim Löw fielded a starting elven with only four players from the winning team from two months ago, and the youngsters tipped to replace the retired legends from the German team looked scared and lost which was especially noticeable in the back line where only Höwedes has any idea of what to do. Julian Draxler is down with a hamstring injury and joins Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Mustafi and Schweinsteiger on the list of absentees due to injuries.

Truth be told all qualifications have their surprises, but Germany are the best team of their group, injuries or not, even if Mario Gomez is back to his former self, of getting chances delivered on his plate, but missing all of them. Had he scored last night at least one out of more than 5 chances that he got, the “Germany is done” articles would have looked different.
Scotland on their part have promised not to defend against Germany with 11 players plus the substitution bench. That gives them points as they approach the match realistically, while trying to work around missing on Andrew Robertson and relying on Darren Fletcher being clinical in passing. The last time the two teams met was in 2003 when Germany won with 2-1, but that was back when Germany was still building a winning generation. Scotland also got better even if they failed to qualify for the final stage of a the European competition since 1996.

Russell Martin is sure that the only way to win against Germany is to be extremely concentrated in the defense as the chances of scoring can come from several German players. He also stated that while Scotland know how good German are, they are studying materials to exploit their weaknesses on Sunday. Provided they did not choose the match against Brazil as their study case, both teams to score at 2.25 does not look that bad.

An outright Germany win is at 1.14, a draw at 6.50 and Scotland to win is at 18.00. Germany to lead at halftime is at 1.50, Scotland at 12.00 and Germany with a -2.0 Handicap at 2.10. We are betting 8 units on both teams to score and Germany to win at 2.75 with Ladbrokes.

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