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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2010 Betting Picks + Odds

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Quarterfinals Gambling Predictions

Matchup: Argentina v Germany
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM EST
Venue: Cape Town
TV: ABC (In USA)

World Cup Fixture – Quarter-Final Odds: Argentina +120 / Germany +230 / Draw +215
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A youthful Germany will take on experienced three-time champion Argentina as they look to remain in the hunt for their fourth World Cup title in a quarterfinal match that should defy the current defensive trend we’ve seen this summer in South Africa.

After topping the group phase with six points on two wins and a loss, and then humiliating England in the last 16, Germany coach, Joachim Loew will turn his attentions to Diego Maradona and Argentina.

The Germans will surely face their toughest competitor thus far against a squad that cruised through Group B with three wins for nine points, and then dismantled Mexico 3-1 in their quarterfinal match. Along with Holland, they are the only team to have won all four of their games.

The two sides have a long history having met each other 18 times with Argentina winning eight, losing five and drawing five, while outscoring the Germans 25 to 23 in the process. The last time they met was at the quarterfinal stage in Germany in 2006 when the home team won 4-2 in a penalty shootout. This match could very well end in a shootout as well.

Argentina beat Germany 3-2 in the final in 1986 and Germany returned the favor in 1990 with a 1-0 win to hoist the trophy.

Both teams pack an extremely potent offensive punch as displayed with Argentina leading the Germans by a one-goal differential for best overall with 10.

Not one of those 10 has come from Argentinean superstar Lionel Messi, who has yet to score, but has been having a superb tournament all the same and looks dangerous every time he has the ball. Instead the scoring has come from Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain who has four goals while Tevez has a pair.

Another surprise has come by way of defender Martin Demichelis and Martin Palermo who have netted a goal apiece.

Likewise for Germany, the goals are bountiful and come from five different players. Strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski each have two while midfielder Thomas Mueller leads the team with three. Midfielder Mesut Oezil also netted the lone goal in Germany’s win over Ghana, while substitute striker Cacau, who is out with an abdominal injury, found the net in game one of the group stage against Australia.

Seeing that both sides are currently at their best, I don’t foresee any major changes from either coach.

Loew will probably name an unchanged side against England, with Podolski and Klose supporting Oezil and Muller in attack. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger along with Stuttgart man Sami Khedira will power the engine room. It certainly doesn’t look like it will be easy for Argentina, but the German defense will certainly have to be at their best.

This includes keeper Manuel Neuer who looked a little shaky against England in the first half, but then pulled off a brilliant save against Steven Gerrard in the second half to make up for it.

Maradona will most likely stick with an unchanged starting XI that starts with the striking and playmaking abilities of Messi, Higuain and Tevez. In midfield captain Javier Mascherano will need to be at his very best to close down and press the Germans blitzkrieg along with Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria who will be responsible for establishing the counter attack.

The one concern for Argentina is there suspect defense. After Maradona opted not to include Inter Milan man Javier Zanetti in the squad, one has to wonder how they will hold up against the Germans high-powered offense. There last line of defense will be Sergio Romero, who has been steady only giving up two goals thus far.

Argentina vs. Germany Free Pick

The first goal in this game could be critical, as the team that falls behind will be forced to open things up. The Germans are younger and faster, but inexperienced when compared to Argentina.

However, their laser passing and creativity could be enough to win this game by a goal. It might go into extra time or even penalty kicks, but Germany has the skills win it 1-0.

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

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