World Cup 2010: Argentina v Germany match preview

Tags: Football 2016/17 League Cup

Published: 22:04 02/07/2010

Two of the World Cup’s more successful sides do battle on Saturday afternoon, as Germany take on Argentina. Both sides have been impressive throughout the action in South Africa, and the game is expected to be a real cracker and Diego Maradona and Joachim Low’s sides face off for a place in the semi-finals. The Germans will be flowing with confidence after pasting England 4-1 last Sunday. Thomas Muller and Werder Bremen’s Mesut Ozil were the stars of the show, as they swept aside their famous rivals and displayed the kind of skill which has them firmly among a group of favourites who could realistically win the tournament. Striker Miroslav Klose has also rediscovered his usual impeccable World Cup form after being harshly sent off in the second group game against Serbia. These two sides met four years ago, when it took penalties to decide the winner, as Germany managed to overcome their South American counterparts. Both teams have looked more open during the last few matches though, so goals are expected to be on the cards. With that in mind, the bookmakers expect it to be a long shot that the game will reach extra-time and penalties. Paddy Power has odds of 10/1 available on either side winning after spot-kicks, which could be a good outside bet. The game is live on BBC1 with kick-off at 3pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change

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