Germany v Algeria - Match Preview: Joachim Low’s side favourites

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Germany are the favourites and are expected to progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the expense of Algeria.

To be played on Monday 30th June 2014 at 21:00. Venue: Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre.

Odds: Germany 30/100, Draw 9/2, Algeria 8/1

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As expected, Germany qualified top of their group, with a slight disruption on the way drawing with Ghana. Algeria are one of the surprise packages in this World Cup, qualifying ahead of Russia and South Korea.

The favourites for this tie are Germany, but as we’ve seen so far with this World Cup, anything can happen. In the Ghana game where they conceded two goals, Germany’s defence was found to be penetrable, and Algeria, with the pace they showed against South Korea, will be looking to capitalise on this

Algeria have shown that they have goals in them and won’t just sit back, which should make this for an entertaining game.

Key stats

1) Miroslav Klose can become the all-time leading scorer in the World Cup if he scores just one more goal. He is currently joint top with Ronaldo on 15.

2) Lukas Podolski can become stand-alone third in Germany’s all-time top scorers' list - he currently has 47 goals in 116 caps.

3) Islam Slimani currently holds the second best goals to game ratio for Algeria - he has 12 goals in 23 caps and is 10th in the all-time top scorers' list.

Five players to watch

Miroslav Klose - Being so close to leading the all-time top scorers' list in a World Cup is some serious motivation. Whether he comes off the bench or starts, Klose will be doing everything he can to get that goal.

Islam Slimani - Scored the goal that put Algeria through and has a mean international scoring record with 12 goals in 23 caps.  Expect him to be Algeria's leading light.

Thomas Muller - On four goals this World Cup already and a total of nine in World Cups altogether. Like Klose, he will be doing all he can to score more and become the first player in World Cup history to win back-to-back Golden Boots.

Nabil Bentaleb - Had an impressive breakthrough season with Tottenham and has carried that form through with Algeria - a big ask of him here but has the potential.

Mesut Ozil - Still hasn't particularly impressed anyone at this World Cup but certainly has the talent; needs to start stepping up now.

Last time they met

Algeria 2-1 West Germany -1982, June

Form Guide

Germany Form

Algeria Form

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