Neymar is the poster boy of the World Cup and Brazil’s main hope to score the goals that can see the hosts become world champions for the sixth time. However, after injuring his back when fouled against Colombia in the quarter-finals he will miss the rest of the tournament. The irony is that Brazil had targeted James Rodriguez, Colombia’s best player, and on Neymar it was a revenge attack.
The hosts are the most successful team in World Cup history and must beat a team in Germany to progress becoming known for going far in major tournaments without winning them. The loss of Neymar could be crucial but the passionate home supporters can inspire Brazil to raise their game. Its close but sportsbooks are giving Brazil the edge over Germany.
In their 21 meetings Brazil have won 12 with Germany recording just four victories. They have played each other just once in the World Cup, Brazil winning 2-0 in the 2002 final. But in their last match, a friendly in August 2011, Germany won 2-0. However, with their talisman out injured and their captain suspended Brazil face a tough match against Germany. Smart punters are backing both sides and the draw.
Neymar and Thiago Silva have been superb, the former producing the goals and flair and Silva dominating at the back. However, the Brazilians have been criticized for their aggressive style of play on the way to this semi-final. They have committed the most amounts of fouls in the tournament so the Germans can expect some heavy challenges.
The match will bring together the passion of a Brazil side motivated by the home crowd and an efficient German outfit that will look to dominate the midfield and create enough chances to win the game. Home advantage can be key to determining the outcome of this classic World Cup match. But Asian bookmakers are taking bets on all three outcomes.