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Germany search for consolation win against Uruguay

| 08.07.2010

Germany can become the first nation ever to finish third in successive World Cups if they beat Uruguay in Saturday’s third place play-off.

Joachim Low’s side are 8/13 favourites to win the tie, and in doing so, they would emulate the class of 2006 who claimed third place ahead of Portugal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored twice when Germany beat Portugal 3-1 four years ago, and the Bayern Munich midfielder is 5/1 to score at any time against Uruguay.

Interestingly, this will be a rematch of the 1970 third place play-off, where Germany were 1-0 winners. You can bet on an identical win for Germany at 6/1.

Germany currently share a record of two third place finishes with Brazil, Sweden and Poland, and a win on Saturday will make them the first team to finish third on three occasions.

Miroslav Klose needs two goals to break Ronaldo’s all-time World Cup record of 15, and he is 7/2 to score first.

Midfielder Thomas Muller will be back from his one-match suspension, and he is 6/1 to add to his four World Cup goals by opening the scoring.

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is another player who will be available after serving a ban, and the Ajax forward is 8/1 to score first.

The South Americans will also be sweating on the fitness of star striker Diego Forlan, who is 6/1 to break the deadlock.

Since 1978, every third place play-off has provided at least three goals, and with so many prolific players on display, this should also be a high-scoring affair.

Can Uruguay end on a high? They are 7/2 to beat Germany. See the full Uruguay vs Germany market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.