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Germany Joachim Low has urged his side to show a killer instinct in their opening World Cup match against Australia later today (19.30 BST).
Low’s men are clear favourites to make a winning start in a tough Group D, but Loew has warned against underestimating the Australians, who reached the last 16 in 2006.
He said: “We have to respect Australia. I think it is going to be an intense match. With respect to four years ago, teams have improved and I expect to see a fascinating World Cup.
“We have studies Australia repeatedly and this team is great in defence. They play a great defensive system and the strength of Australia is the capacity to get organised.
“Of the last 28 games they have played, they didn’t concede a goal in 17 games and that says something about their defensive system.
“They can also destroy their rivals’ game.”
However, Low, whose preparations have been hampered by a series of injuries to key players, believes his team will have enough to break down the stubborn Socceroos.
“I think we can crack this defensive wall with fast counter-attacks,” he continued.
“We must catch them unaware. We have to apply this tactic. This team will not allow many goalscoring opportunities and we have to make the most of our chances.”
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We’ll be providing updates from the moment the starting XIs are announced, but for now here are the latest betting odds.
Germany v Australia – Head-to-Head Record
Germany wins – 2
Australia wins – 0
Draw – 0
Germany v Australia – The Odds
Germany win – 8/15 (Paddy Power)
Australia win – 29/4 (bwin)
Draw – 10/3 (Betfred, StanJames)
Germany v Australia – First Goalscorer
9/2 Miroslav Klose (Paddy Power)
5/1 Mario Gomez (Blue Square, StanJames, 888Sport, Ladbrokes)
11/2 Lukas Podolski (extrabet)
6/1 Cacau (StanJames, Ladbrokes)
10/1 No goalscorer (SkyBet, Blue Square, 888Sport, extrabet)
11/1 Josh Kennedy (Bet365, StanJames, Ladbrokes)
14/1 Tim Cahill (Bet365)
16/1 Harry Kewell (Bet365)