What: FIFA 2010 World Cup
Who: Germany vs Serbia (Group D)
When: Thursday 18th June, 2010, at 12:30 UK Time
Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Typical German Class

Germany’s destruction of Australia proved that they are certainly among football’s elite, despite their low key lineup. Unlike other teams stacked with superstars like England and Spain, who are under immense pressure to perform on such a massive stage, the Germans have breezed into the competition without having to worry about any added stress.

The result has been a relaxed side, with players ready to exceed the expectations that have been laid on them. Lukas Podolski, who only managed a mediocre season with his club, is the perfect example of a man on a mission in the tournament, showing the quality that saw him crowned Best Young Player in the 2006 World Cup.

With the form they are showing at the moment, Joachim Low’s side will be one of the most difficult teams to break down in the World Cup.

Looking to Bounce Back

Serbia self-destructed late in their match to walk away with a heartbreaking defeat against Ghana, putting them in danger of failing to qualify for the knockout stages. The White Eagles entered the World Cup widely considered as a dark horse, but their early defeat has them reeling.

Radomir Antic knows his side must attempt to snatch a victory against heavyweights Germany in order to improve their chances of making out of the group stages, but it will be no small task trying to get one over the in-form side.

With another loss likely meaning their elimination from the tournament though, Serbia will be extremely motivated to improve on their disappointing opening match, ensuring an exciting contest.

Recent form

Hungary 0-3 Germany (29/05; Friendly)
Germany 3-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina (03/06; Friendly)
Germany 4-0 Australia (13/06; World Cup – Group D)

Serbia 0-0 Poland (30/05; Friendly)
Serbia 4-3 Cameroon (03/06; Friendly)
Serbia 0-1 Ghana (13/06; World Cup – Group D)

Players to watch

Germany – Lukas Podolski: 2006 World Cup Best Young Player Lukas Podolski’s club form has been far from inspiring, but when he’s playing for Germany, the 25-year-old showcases his best. Against Australia, the forward was a constant threat to the Socceroos, and was deservedly named the Man of the Match.

Serbia – Milos Krasic: The 25-year-old winger is competing in the World Cup on the back of a marvellous season with CSKA Moscow. Although he failed to inspire Serbia to victory over Ghana in the first match, Krasic’s creativity and ability to break down defences will be key to the side’s chances of beating Germany.

Match prediction

Despite the lack of hype and attention surrounding Germany, they showed their immense ability against Australia in their opening match. Joachim Low’s side are showing signs of being a really strong contender for the World Cup, and will brush aside a tricky Serbia team 2-0.

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