Brazil (4-2-3-1):Â Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Dante, Marcelo, Gustavo, Fernandinho, Willian, Oscar, Hulk, Fred The big blow for Brazil is that Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after fracturing his vertebrae against Colombia with Chelsea star Willian likely to be given the difficult task of replacing him. The Chelsea star is as long as 10/1 with bet365 to score first. Dante will start alongside David Luiz in central defence after Thiago Silva picked up his second yellow in the previous match, making him unable to feature against Germany. Luis Gustavo returns from suspension and could return to the starting line up playing the holding midfielder role in place of Paulinho. Maicon who started against Colombia could return to the bench with Dani Alves the likely player to be deployed at right back. Brazil have slipped behind Argentina as favourites to win the World Cup with bet365, with tonight’s match too close to call. Remember, if you bet on either of tonight’s teams to win the World Cup and they go out on pens, you can take advantage of bet365’s Penalty Payback offer! Germany (4-3-3):Â Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, Kroos, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Muller, Schurrle With only Shkodran Mustafi suffering from injury, Joachim Low will almost have his entire squad up for selection as he prepares to face the hosts. Miroslav Klose is likely to start on the bench despite his start against Colombia while Andre Schurrle could start instead of Mario Gotze. The German defence will most probably remain the same with Mats Hummels being deployed alongside Jerome Boateng, with Germany to keep a clean sheet and win 1-0 looking quite generous at 6/1 with bet365. Mesut Ozil should also be part of the starting 11 despite vast criticism over his performances as he is played on the right of the attacking trio.
Germany winning tomorrow cause Brazil has no more neymar jr. â€” B_Mac (@b_mac_son) July 8, 2014
Just cannot see Brazil loosing tonight! Think Ozil will let Germany down when they really need a goal. Probably more Pens! â€” Ryan (@Ryan_james117) July 8, 2014
Brazil is a great team but Germany is outta this world……….. â€” …New â€¢ Age â€¢ ME… (@Tambae) July 8, 2014
The two met in the World Cup finals back in 2002, but this time, in 2014, they will face off in the semi-finals. Could Germany be back for revenge after losing 2-0 the previous time, or will Brazil be the ones to book their place in the finals?
Brazil vs. Germany: An Alternative Preview
Brazil have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2002, a year that they went on to lift the trophy.
The Seleção have lost none of their last six semi-final matches, winning five and drawing the other.
As such, Brazil have advanced through to the final in each of their last six appearances in the final four; needing penalties just once (versus Netherlands in 1998).
Germany are the first country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in four consecutive tournaments.
However, they have reached the final just once (2002) in their previous three appearances at this stage.
This will be only the second meeting between these two nations at the World Cup.
The first clash came in the 2002 final when Brazil won 2-0; with Ronaldo scoring both goals.
Since that 2002 final the two teams have met three times in all competitions, including in the 2005 Confederations Cup. They have won one match each with the other ending in a draw.
Their last meeting came in August 2011. Goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze helped Germany to a 3-2 win. Neymar and Robinho netted for Brazil.
Brazil have scored in each of their last 10 clashes with Germany, averaging 2.2 goals per game.
Neymar has scored four goals and assisted another in the 2014 World Cup; but will miss the rest of the tournament through injury.
The Barcelona forward has played a hand in 50% of Brazil’s 10 goals so far in the tournament.
Brazil’s captain Thiago Silva will miss the semi-final through suspension. Brazil have lost none of their last 10 matches that he has featured in (W8 D2).
Silva’s replacement in the Brazil team is likely to be Bayern Munich defender Dante. The defender has played 151 times in the German Bundesliga for FC Bayern and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Dante is one of four players (two of which are goalkeepers) in the Brazil squad yet to play a minute at the 2014 World Cup.
No side have kept more clean sheets in the 2014 World Cup than Germany (3), while Brazil have only kept one in their five matches.
Brazil have won just one of their last four World Cup matches against UEFA opposition. That victory came in the Group Stages of this tournament against Croatia (D1 L2).
Germany’s only defeat in their last nine matches against South American opposition at the World Cup came in the 2002 final versus Brazil. They have won six and drawn two of the other eight.
Germany’s last six goals in the competition have been netted by six different players.
Only Thomas Muller (4) has scored more goals for Germany in this competition than centre-back Mats Hummels (2).
Both teams had to rely on goals from centre-halves to win their quarter-final match (Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Mats Hummels).
Against Colombia, Brazil conceded 31 fouls; more than the Seleção have conceded in any single World Cup game from 1966 onwards.
Miroslav Klose needs one goal to be the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer. He is currently joint-top with Ronaldo (15 goals).
The Lazio forward is the only player from either squad that was part of the 2002 final.