Germany is the solid favorite in World Cup odds to win this group but they do have some concerns heading into this match.
2010 World Cup betting favors Germany at -210 on the three-way soccer betting line. Australia is +570 while the Draw is +300. The total on the match is 2.5. Four years ago, Germany finished third in the World Cup. They would do well to match that performance this time around. Their captain Michael Ballack is out due to injury and most people don’t believe that Germany can win it all without him. Germany should still win Group D though and they should beat Australia in this match on Sunday although it is definitely not as certain as it once was.
Germany will need Bastian Schweinsteiger to play well in the midfield and they will need to find someone to score. Miroslav Klose wasn’t even a starter with Bayern. He did lead the team in qualifying though with 7 goals.
Manager Joachim Low has said that Lukas Podolski and Schweinsteiger must play well if Germany is to do well in the World Cup. Another player to watch could be 21-year old Mesut Ozil. He scored 11 goals in only 45 games with Werder Bremen.
Australia nearly beat Italy last season in the World Cup and it was the Italians that went on to win it all. Australia probably gets Germany at the best time. The Germans are still unsure of how they will perform without Ballack so it is possible that Australia could steal a point in this match. Australia is led by Tim Cahill and Josh Kennedy and they have Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton who are always capable of scoring a big goal.
Australia is not getting much support in Group D but they are capable of pulling off some surprises. This is not a team to be taken lightly. Germany has more talent but the question remains as to how they will play on the big stage without Ballack leading them. Australia could pull off a major surprise on Sunday and throw Group D up for grabs.