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England vs Germany World Cup 2010 Betting Picks + Odds – Knockout Phase

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Round of 16 Gambling Predictions

Matchup: Germany vs England
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM EST
Venue: Bloemfontein
TV: ESPN (In USA)

World Cup Fixture – Round of 16 Odds: Germany +170 / England +155 / Draw +220
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Two of international football’s superpowers will prepare to do battle in South Africa, as Germany takes on England in the third match of the Round of 16 on Sunday. The two giants have met 27 times in the past, drawing five; with England winning 12, and losing 10.

Neither side has lost a match in the Round of 16, and all four World Cup games between them has been decided in extra time, with the last two knockout games at major tournaments ending in penalty shootout wins in the semi-final for Germany.

The Germans have looked strong and certainly the better of the two sides in the group stage with wins over Australia and Ghana. They even looked strong in their final 1-0 loss to Serbia, playing with 10 men, and finished atop Group D with five goals on six points.

Group C favorites England on the other hand played haphazardly drawing with the Americans, dreadfully in a scoreless tie against Algeria, but then followed with a 1-0 win over Slovenia to make it to the knockout stage, finishing second in the group behind the USA.

That game against Slovenia finally displayed that England still have the heart and talent to make a deep run in South Africa.

But England can’t afford to sit back and wait for chances against Germany, they have to go out and create them. The last time England won a World Cup game when the opponent opened the scoring was the 1966 World Cup final against Germany. So it will be imperative to play with speed and energy, not at a slow and methodical pace. They will also need their forward line to flex their awesome striking power. Bet on Soccer at Sportsbook.com

Jermain Defoe’s goal against Slovenia was the only goal netted by an English striker in this year’s tournament.

That task may prove arduous as star striker Wayne Rooney was substituted in the last game with a minor ankle injury, and although will most likely play in the upcoming match, may not be a 100 percent.

Germany meanwhile, has demonstrated their determination by playing with rapid pace and conviction.

They won’t need to adjust much as they’ve been quite effective, especially midfielder Mesut Oezil, who looks better with each outing.

The deadly duo of Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose – who returns to the lineup after he was red carded against Serbia — will be hard for the English defenders to handle, and Cacau is a fine third striker if needed. However, Coach Loew will need to deal with a few minor injuries as defender Jerome Boateng, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Oezil were all exhibiting signs of fatigue and aching after Germany’s 1-0 win over Ghana.

The two teams have played some classic games in year’s past, with England coming out on top in their one and only World Cup triumph beating West Germany 4-2 in extra time on home soil in 1966. The pair also had memorable encounters in 1970 and 1990, with Germany coming out on top, the last time on penalty kicks.

England defiantly has the edge in experienced players, and if they play up to their potential and show the heart and effort they displayed against Slovenia, this game has all the makings of another classic.

If they do not, the German machine will pound them into submission and a disappointing exit.

Germany vs. England Free Pick

I expect this one to go down to the closing minutes with Germany edging out a one goal win.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California.

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