(Winner Group A)
(Winner Group D)
Historically, the World Cup usually has its best fixture on its second to last day. For the sake of the tournament, the hope is that both Uruguay and Germany put on a heck of a showcase for the right to be called the third place team in the 2010 World Cup.
Uruguay can’t be kicking itself too badly for losing to the Dutch in the semifinals of World Cup betting action. After all, the team was playing without F Luis Suarez and still dominated for the majority of the first half. A goal for the Dutch early on came against the run of play, and F Diego Forlan deservedly finished off the half with a strike that put the Uruguayans back on terms. If not for a bad spell of about five minutes halfway through the second half, perhaps it would be La Oranje and not Uruguay in this match. Forlan has been the best offensive threat for the Uruguayans during this entire tournament. He already has four goals to his credit and should be going for more against a German side that has its own motivation to push for extra scores. Forlan enters this match just one goal off of the pace for the Golden Boot award. Don’t rest on Uruguay’s defense. Even though the team has conceded five goals in the L/3 matches, this was a team that made it through the group stage without allowing one strike.
For Germany, the goal in the third place game might be to get F Miroslav Klose his fifth goal of the tournament, and coincidentally, perhaps his sixth as well. Should Klose net a double, he will become the all-time leading goal scorer in this tournament’s history, surpassing Brazil’s Ronaldo, who retired with 15 strikes. Barring more antics by Forlan, a double would also put him in charge of the Golden Boot honors as well going into the World Cup Final on Sunday. Germany also has another man with four goals to his name in M Thomas Mueller. Mueller should come out of the blocks on fire after missing the semifinal against Spain thanks to yellow card accumulation. Germany knows that it has offensive firepower, which is why it is still the top scoring team in this tournament in spite of the fact that it has been shutout twice now. Expect to see plenty of attempts at net for a team that would love to go out a winner.
Things tend to be pretty open in the third place match, and we tend to believe that that favors Uruguay. Forlan is perfectly content setting up strikes for his fellow teammates as he is finishing them himself. As long as Klose gets at least one goal and goes into the record books, Germany will be happy. Anything after that is inconsequential. We like the South Americans to head home with at least a bit of silverware in tote even though it isn’t the biggest prize of the tournament.
Selection: Uruguay to finish in third place +220 at Brobury Sports