Germany - Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup

Germany was drawn into the dreaded Group of Death, but have the best betting odds to win the group. They also have the best odds to win the World Cup from teams not in South America. Germany is a stacked squad with many world-class players and they won their European qualifying group without losing a match.

The Germans have a great midfield and a stout defense, but they do not feature a top-notch striker and the whole Group of Death thing is a concern. They are in Group G along with Portugal, the United States, and Ghana, who the Germans bested in the group stage in the 2010 World Cup.

Germany Odds to win World Cup 2014: +500
Germany Odds to win Group G: -600

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How They Advanced:

Germany finished first in European qualifying Group C with 28 points and they went unbeaten with nine wins and one draw. That was a solid undertaking being in a pretty strong group along with Sweden and Austria. They had three clean sheets in a row before giving up three goals to Sweden in their last qualifying match.

The Germans did have four clean sheets in the qualifying process, but tow came against Faroe Islands and one came facing Kazakhstan, who are a couple of teams far from world soccer powers.

Early Prediction:

Germany will make it out of the Group of Death and while their offense, which scored more goals that any European team in qualifying, is solid their defense will be key. They will beat Portugal in group play with their defense in the big match and advance to the round 16 as the Group G winner.

The Germans will easily beat the runner up from Group H in the round of 16 and they should meet France in the quarterfinals and they will win that match as well. However, in the semifinals they should face Brazil and that is where their World Cup ride will end.

Qualifying Results:

07/09/12 Germany 3 – 0 Faroe Islands    
11/09/12 Austria 1 – 2 Germany        
12/10/12 Republic of Ireland 1 – 6 Germany        
16/10/12 Germany 4 – 4 Sweden        
22/03/13 Kazakhstan 0 – 3 Germany        
26/03/13 Germany 4 – 1 Kazakhstan        
06/09/13 Germany 3 – 0 Austria        
10/09/13 Faroe Islands 0 – 3 Germany    
11/10/13 Germany 3 – 0 Republic of Ireland        
15/10/13 Sweden 3 – 5 Germany

Germany Key Players

Thomas Muller FW Bayern Munich – He has to be THE guy up front for the German squad.
Mesut Ozil FW Arsenal – Fantastic playmaker in the midfield.
Mario Goetze MF Bayern Munich – Is come back from injury and the team is a much better play when this attacking midfielder is on the pitch.

Past World Cup Results:

2010 Lost in semifinals to Spain 1-0
2006 Lost in semifinals to Italy 2-0
2002 Runner up lost to Brazil in the final 2-0

Germany World Cup Schedule:

16/06/14 Germany vs. Portugal - Arena Fonte Nova     
21/06/14 Germany vs. Ghana - Estadio Castelão     
26/06/14 United States vs. Germany - Arena Pernambuco     

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