Phil Scolari will be without star players Neymar and Thiago Silva which should lead to a German win
Brazil have scrambled through to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup through a mixture of skill, tough tackling, a few key fouls and some dodgy refereeing which was in evidence against Croatia and Colombia.
It means the hosts are just two wins away from claiming a famous victory on home soil although it’s hard to make a case for the Brazilians considering they are missing their best attacking player and their strongest defender.
Neymar has no prospect of playing any further part in the tournament having broken his vertebra towards the end of Friday’s quarter final match against Colombia, with the Barcelona man having played a key role in his team’s progress to date.
Meanwhile, Thiago Silva is captain and anchor of a defence which has been relatively leaky in the five games to date, conceding in four of those encounters and Germany will surely find the net during the ninety minutes of play on Tuesday night.
Coral free bet offer 15/8 about a win for the Germans and it looks too attractive to pass up given the difficulties facing their opponents, with Willian expected to come into the team and play as part of a three-pronged attack behind Fred.
Joachim Low’s team demolished Portugal in their opening game and have quietly gone about their business since then, being taken to extra-time by Algeria before a comfortable enough win against France at the last eight stage.
Low decided to field Miroslav Klose in attack which stretched the play and allowed Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos time on the ball, with Muller among the tournament’s top scorers after that hat-trick against the Portuguese.
The Bayern Munich man seems to regularly be in the right place at the right time and Ladbrokes go 7/1 about him breaking the deadlock in this game, with Germany feeling pretty confident that they can keep this Neymar-less team at bay.
The European side can be backed at 10/3 with Betfred to win to nil and that is surely a price worth considering, with Brazil potentially offering their greatest danger from set pieces and that could mean David Luiz looking to step up to the plate.
The hosts are drifting all the time for victory and bet365 go 9/5 about a win for Brazil which could potentially set up a mouth-watering final between the Selecao and Argentina, although Scolari has taken this team as far as it can go.
We’re happy to back a German win to nil and alternatively, punters can back the 1-0 and 2-0 correct scores which are likely to cop if Brazil struggle to find a way through.
All odds were correct at time of posting.