In contrast to the other semi-final matchup which pitted an underdog Uruguyan side, towards an always-disappointing team from the Netherlands, the Spain and Germany showdown is one that could’ve been simply envisioned from the outset of this tournament.
Despite the fact that both teams have had their bumps along the way, Germany and Spain have peaked at precisely the right time as they prepare for this crucial semi-final fixture.
Thus far in South Africa, Spain’s greatest weapon has been their star forward David Villa. To put it simply, he’s been outstanding and almost unstoppable for the opposition. He is within the hunt to win the tournament’s Golden Boot award, and can seem to add to his impressive objective totals versus a suspect German backline.
Sadly for head coach Vicente del Bosque, his side will have to deal with a key injury along the backline. Centre-back Raul Albiol remains injured, and can miss the clash against the Germans with an injury.
If he does begin this match on the bench although, look for del Bosque to replace him with Cesc Fabregas, and employ a 4-3-2-1 formation.
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila; Busquets, Alonso; Iniesta, Xavi, Silva; Villa
As opposed to their opponents, the Germans certainly possess an illustrious tradition of winning about the international stage, and will appear to add to their trophy case by defeating Spain. Head coach Joachim Loew will probably be dealt using a host of injury concerns as this match approaches.
Possibly the most crushing blow to the Germans nonetheless, will probably be the absence of dynamic young midfielder Thomas Mueller. He has been a single from the best players in South Africa, let alone the top rookie.
With the holes inside the midfield, important German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be imperative to any team success the Germans have versus Spain. Though only 25, he is regarded 1 with the veterans of an incredibly youthful German side.
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Kroos, Oezil, Podolski; Klose
Spain vs Germany Prediction: Spain 1 – Germany 0