Podolski Out For Germany v Algeria Clash

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  • Germany will be without Lukas Podolski for their last-16 World Cup clash with Algeria on Monday night due to injury.

    The Arsenal Forward suffered a thigh problem that meant he left the pitch early during Germany's final group stage game against the USA, the 1-0 win seeing Germany through to the knock-out stages as Group G winners.

    Germany coach Joachim Low confirmed to FIFA.com: "Lukas must rest for two or three days, but should we progress in the tournament it won't be a problem for him to play."

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    The injury news means that Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze is now most to likely fill Podolski's left-wing starting position for Germany's clash with Algeria, while full back Jérôme Boateng also remains a doubt with a knee injury.

    Algeria look set to field a similar side to the one that played in their crucial 1-1 draw against Russia to escape group H, with no injuries to report for the underdogs.

    The clash has already brought back memories of the 'Disgrace of Gijon' that was the 1982 World Cup group stages, where Algeria beat West Germany but were later eliminated as Austria lost 1-0 to West Germany. The way Austria appeared not to give their rivals a hard time brought up conspiracies that were never proved truthful, although the chance for redemption in 2014 has been mentioned at length in pre-match build-up.

    Germany coach Low appeared riled by the use of the word revenge, saying: "I find it irritating when I read that this is a match about vengeance. Maybe some on the other side want to make an issue out of it to motivate Algeria."

    Germany enter as 9/2 second favourites to win the World Cup with Ladbrokes, and also come with enhanced odds of 3/1 to beat Algeria with Titanbet.

    The stats however favour the 12/1 Algeria, who have played Germany only twice and beaten them on both occasions - one of only three countries never to have lost to the Germans.

    Germany take on Algeria at 9pm on Monday night in their last-16 match of the 2014 World Cup, and you can compare all the odds for the tournament here.

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