Uruguay vs Germany – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingThe match no team really wants to play at the World Cup is played tonight, when Uruguay takes on Germany in the third place play off at 19:30 BST in Port Elizabeth. The sides have been there before back in 1970, where Germany was victorious against Uruguay in a similar match.

Match Preview

The third place play off normally comes down to motivation, with both sides suffering semi-final defeats before the match. It will be a key factor again tonight, when both coaches have to motivate their team and lift them up to their last game before their holiday. The task is not easy and question is, who will be convinced enough to chase the somewhat worthless third place.

German coach Joachim Loew had a successful World Cup and went beyond expected with his young talented team. Most people did not expect them to mature before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but as always the German side made a great impression. However they are now in the same spot as back in Germany in the 2006 World Cup, where they won their third place play off. The question is whether they can motivate themselves once again in worthless match, and this time without their home fans to support them. At least one player will be motivated though, as Miroslav Klose is chasing his consecutive Golden Boots awards and could take over Ronaldo’s record as top scorer in World Cup history with two goals tonight.

Uruguay have delivered way over expectation so far with a semi-final at the World Cup, but are still hunted by Luis Suarez’s hand save in their match against Ghana in their quarter-final. The episode did receive some criticism in the media as unsporting afterward and actually their coach did boycott the media for awhile. However it could be a big motivation factor tonight, as they do not want their great World Cup run this year to be remembered by an episode like this. In addition their striker Diego Forlan is still in contention for the Golden boot, which could be a factor as well, if he recovers from his injury against the Netherlands.

Team Updates

Before the match tonight the German side suffered a virus affecting Phillip Lahm and Lukas Podolski, but they should both be available tonight. At the same time Miroslav Klose have had back problems. However we expect him to play alongside Thomas Mueller, who is back from suspension.

Uruguay has Luis Suarez back from his suspension, but might be missing their other striker Diego Forlan due to a thigh injury. Defender Jorge Fucile is back from suspension as well, while Diego Lugano will likely come back from his knee injury.

Uruguay vs Germany betting tip

Our betting pick is Germany as outright winner at odds 1.80 at 888 Sports.

It is always hard to predict third place play off matches, as the teams’ motivation plays a big factor as mentioned. The two sides have played each other 10 times before and Uruguay has only won one match back in 1928. On the other hand Germany has won six matches, but the last victory came back in 1993 with 5-0 victory. Our betting pick is mainly based on their performances so far at the World Cup, where Germany has been by far the better team and also is so on paper. Their motivation is somewhat similar, although Uruguay may be hungrier than Germany for a result. However in freer flowing match like a third place play off usually is, the Germans will be dangerous on the counter-attacks as in many of their previous games so far. Our match prediction is 3-0 or 3-1 to Germany.

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