Germany coasted into the 2014 World Cup by dominating their opponents in UEFA World Cup Qualifying. One of the clear favorites to win the tournament, the Germans are even favored to go undefeated in one of the most difficult groups in the World Cup, Group G — which is also labeled the “Group of Death.”
Led by Joachim Low, the Germans boast some of the world’s top players, including the 2010 World Cup‘s Golden Boot winner, Thomas Muller, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, and Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm. There isn’t a non world-class player on the German roster.
Germany should run away with Group G. The Germans are the most talented team in the group and should face only some resistance from opposing teams. If they win their first two games against Portugal and Ghana, they may rest against the United States to preserve energy for the next round, giving the USMNT an opportunity to steal a point and advance to the knockout stages.
Unfortunately, as it always seems with talented German teams, I predict that they will fall out of the semifinals and end up playing in the third place game. The good news is that I have them winning the third-place game.
Group Stage Game One: Germany vs. Portugal – Monday, June 16, Noon EST on ESPN
Group Stage Game Two: Germany vs. Ghana – Saturday, June 21, 3 p.m. EST on ESPN
Group Stage Game Three: Germany vs. United States – Thursday, June 26, Noon EST on ESPN