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Rupert Wyman 12th Jun 2010 - 16:39

A Low blow for Australia

An exuberant young Germany without their star captain Michael Ballack take on Australia in their opening group match.

The Germans are being led this campaign by Philipp Lahm, he will lead out the second youngest side in World Cup history, they have an average age that is under 25.

They are out to beat the Socceroos and prove that Germany are legitimate challengers for the World Cup.

The usual pre match banter between managers is quite low key and laid back but Joachim Low the Germany manager, has been quite bullish about his teams style of play that will be on show against Australia.

He claimed the Aussies were one dimensional, boring and accused them of playing negatively. Low believes Germany can put on a spectacle of football.

They have a mixture of players from various ethnic backgrounds who have resided or were born in Germany who have brought a different dimension to German play. They are still solid but play more attractive football.

Sami Khedira may play instead of Ballack and will probably line-up alongside Marko Marin, a Bosnian Serb by birth, who loves running at defenders.

Australia's team is different in that it is based around a nucleus of stars from the 2006 World Cup. Their Dutch coach Pim Verbeek has called upon many household Premier League names - Schwarzer, Kewell, Lucas Neill and Tim Cahill.

Low has selection problems like Capello, he is undecided over which of his out of form strikers to start against the Socceroos. Klose scored just three goals for Bayern Munich last season and his experience may get him the nod from Low.

The other star striker Podolski has only scored two goals for Cologne this season but his goalscoring record for Germany is immense.

Cacau a Brazilian-born German football striker is the alternative after a fantastic season at Stuttgart.

If Australia are going to take anything from this game, it would be a hard fought draw. The Australian upset is 13/2, and the draw is priced at 16/5.

I think the Germans have too much quality in their first eleven and the win looks inevitable. A solid bet is Germany Only to score at 23/20, the Australians did not bother to call upon Scott McDonald and they look very weak in attack. They will rely on Cahill's forward runs and hope that Kewell scores the goals.

I would also back Total Australian Cards at Over 3 at 17/10. The Aussies are infuriated by Low's comments concerning their inability to play football, if the Germans take them apart and score a few goals, it would not be a surprise to see players of Cahill's and Neill's temperament in the book.



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