World Cup Betting Lines – Germany favored over Algeria
Germany has won the World Cup three different times. Could they be on the road to winning once again? That’s a good question. Sometimes they look like a steamroller that absolutely cannot be stopped. That’s what Portugal would say anyway, after getting beat 4-0 by them in the opening game of Group G. It was that beating from the Germans that ultimately prevented Christiano Ronaldo, arguably the world’s best player, from moving forward into the elimination phase. But when World Cup bettors ponder the next match for Germany, which takes place against Algeria on Monday afternoon, they have to consider that there was a tie with Ghana that provided a lot of anxiety, followed by a 1-0 victory over the United States that was none too impressive.
Perhaps ultimately, Algeria doesn’t have a whole lot to offer in the way of resistance; after all, they do not have a lot of history in this competition, as they have reached the Round of 16 for the first time ever. However, they have beaten Germany the last two times they played them in international competition, so this might not be a complete cakewalk.
In the World Cup betting lines that a been established on this game by the people at VietBet, Germany is a big favorite in this contest that will take place at Porto Alegre:
The World Cup Championship
Germany vs. Algeria (Round of 16)
Monday, June 30 – 4 PM ET
Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borba, Porto Alegre
Betting Odds – Handicap Line
Germany -1.5, -117
Algeria +1.5, +102
Betting Odds – Moneyline:
Under 3 Goals -111
Over 3 Goals -104
(Above lines are good for 90 minutes plus stoppage time only)
Germany went undefeated through the “Group of Death,” although one must acknowledge that the Germans MADE that the Group of Death. They have been playing well on the defensive end, although you can’t count it as a feather in their cap that they blew a 1-0 lead against Ghana and fell behind by a 2-1 score before getting saved late by a goal from Miroslav Klose. Certainly Klose, who is likely playing in his last World Cup at age 36 and has taken on the role of a “super sub,” is a guy his teammates are pulling for; indeed, with one more goal he can set the all-time record for scoring in this tournament.
But it is the superb play of Thomas Muller that has gotten a lot of the attention, and merits the respect of a lot of the World Cup bettors at VietBet. At age 24, Muller could be on the verge of winning his second Golden Boot, signifying the high scorer in the tournament, as he already has four goals in group play. There is almost no limit to the amount of pressure Germany can put on opposing defenses. And they are doing this without Marco Reus, who suffered a serious ankle injury and was ruled out of the competition. What has been especially dangerous about Germany is the fact that it has scored first in every one of its games thus far. As soccer bettors are well aware, when a team can make the other squad play catch-up, they can force them into mistakes.
Algeria isn’t the type of team that will rely on one dominant scorer to carry the day. Rather, they have had five different goal-scorers thus far. But their competition has been more than a shade below Monday’s opponent. Germany is a team that forces a lot of action; in fact, they have attempted more crosses and corners than anybody in this tournament through the group phase. And they are perhaps more formidable offensively than any team in the world. Algeria’s defense had better be up to the task.
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