World Cup 2010: Germany v Spain Team News

Coach Joachim Low’s only selection problem lies with a replacement for suspended midfielder Thomas Mueller

Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers on the Germany v Spain semi-final of the 2010 World Cup tonight.
Germany (2/1 to win in 90 mins with Coral) will have a fully-fit squad for the semi-final against Spain (13/8 to win in 90 mins with Ladbrokes).

Midfielder Sami Khedira has overcome a thigh injury and Arne Friedrich has recovered from a foot problem.

Back-up striker Cacau is also available after missing the last two games with an abdominal muscle injury.

Coach Joachim Low’s only selection problem lies with a replacement for suspended midfielder Thomas Mueller.

Mueller has been one of the revelations of the tournament, scoring 4 times and providing 3 assists and will be difficult to replace.

In previous games, Low has used to the experienced Piotr Trochowski who plays a similar attacking style and may prefer him to gifted young Leverkusen midfielder, Toni Kroos.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will have been deliberating over the inclusion of Fernando Torres (6/1 First Goalscorer with Bet365) who he has brought off within an hour of his last two games.

His last replacement, Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, is a doubt after injuring his right leg in training. An x-ray has revealed no bone damage but the midfielder is also nursing a shoulder injury.

His options appear to be moving David Villa (4/1 First Goalscorer with Totesport) to a central position and bringing in attacking midfielder David Silva or a straight swap with impressive young striker, Fernando Llorente (8/1 First Goalscorer with Bet365).

Centre-back Carles Puyol has been given the all-clear after suffering from blurred vision.
Likely starting line ups:
Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Mertesacker, Friedrich, Boateng, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Trochowski, Klose, Podolski.
Spain: Casillas, Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila, Busquets, Xavi, Alonso, Iniesta, Torres, Villa