Germany vs. Cameroon
Date and Time: Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. ET
Location: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Soccer Odds: Germany -250, O/U 3
Germany vs. Cameroon TV Coverage: FOX
Technically, the Germans are only second-best right now in Group B. That though, isn't going to bother Low all that much. Finishing first or second does approximately the same thing, knowing that there isn't much difference between playing against Mexico and Portugal in the semifinals.
Germany more or less has accomplished the goal it set out for at the outset of this tourney, taking care of Australia 3-2 and following that up with a 1-1 draw against Chile. Sure, there were moments when it looked like the duel against the Aussies might slip away, and the 1-1 draw against Chile was always in danger of looking like a defeat.
But if you told Low that his de facto second team would come to Russia and score early in a match, come from behind in a match, put away a feisty underdog in a match and ultimate draw the South American champions playing with a full side, he'd probably take it. And there's still three matches left to play!
Cameroon can't be nearly as happy. The team has just one goal in two matches to date, though that one strike against Australia was good enough to ultimately snare a point. That said, the draw really didn't do either Cameroon or Australia much in the way of good. Both had lost their opening fixtures, and now, both will need wins to have any chance of advancing.
Not only does Cameroon need to beat Germany, but it needs to do so by two goals or more to qualify. Anything less, and it's back on the plane.
Most outside of Germany don't really know much about Lars Stindl. He's not the stud of all studs for Borussia Monchengladbach, but he does have 18 goals in 60 appearances over the course of the last three seasons. Stindl most famously had a hat trick against Fiorentina in the Europa League this past season. But now, German fans are getting to know him a little better for the work he's doing with the national team here in Russia.
The Confederations Cup has been kind to Stindl, as he has a pair of goals, one against Australia and one against Chile. He wasn't the man who created the goal-scoring opportunity in the 41st minute against the South American champs, but he did the hard part and finished the job. He's playing with supreme confidence and is evolving into a great finisher.
There will be opportunities for sure, knowing that Cameroon is going to have to go for broke to try to score and score multiple times. It's hard to see him not having at least an opportunity or two to put one in the back of the net.
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Cameroon has shown some heart to go forward, so we know it's going to try its best to do what it has to do. But in the end, this isn't going to be a great strategy against an incredibly talented team.
Sure, this Germany team isn't nearly as good as the one that is going to be back here in Russia next year for the World Cup, but it's still a really talented squad. Youthful exuberance will serve Low's side well in what should be a relatively easy match.
Germany vs. Cameroon Soccer Pick: Germany -250 at BookMaker.eu
Germany vs. Cameroon Score Prediction: Germany 3, Cameroon 0