Brazil vs. Germany betting odds, prediction, World Cup semifinal preview

Brazil is the home underdog against Germany, mainly due to injury woes. See the World Cup semifinal odds preview and pick from Odds Shark.

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Update: Die Mannschaft humiliate hosts to reach final

Brazil is missing its captain and its top player, but opened as a slight favorites on the World Cup betting menu for Tuesday's first semifinal match.

But bettors have taken notice of the absence of Neymar and Brazil captain Thiago Silva and Germany is now a slight favorite at most sportsbooks monitored by SBNation's lines partner, OddsShark.com.

The World Cup 2014 semifinals kick off on Tuesday with a battle between the two squads that have owned the best World Cup futures odds since the first weekend of the tournament in mid-June.

Germany is a slim +175 moneyline favorite to defeat World Cup hosts Brazil in 90 minutes in the most anticipated match of the tournament so far. Brazil had been bet up to +180 or so.

Tuesday's match will be the tenth meeting between the two sides since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The Brazilians have enjoyed a decided advantage during that time, winning five of the past nine matches while drawing two.

However, it is the Germans that came out on top in their most recent meeting, a 2011 friendly that featured the breakthrough of attacking midfielder Mario Götze for the German national team. The Bayern Munich star, 19 years old at the time, produced the winning goal late in the match, establishing himself as a rising star for Die Mannschaft.

While Götze's status as a starter is uncertain for Tuesday's match after watching most of Germany's quarterfinal win over France from the bench, it is certain that reigning Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller will lead the German attack against Brazil.

With four goals and two assists so far in the tournament, Muller has emerged as a 5-1 bet, trailing only Argentina's Lionel Messi and Colombia's James Rodriguez, in player props wagering to once again be the World Cup's top goal scorer.

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Brazil's Neymar had led the pack with odds of 2-1 to be top goal scorer, but after suffering a broken vertebrae in Brazil's quarterfinal win over Colombia, his tournament is done, creating a massive hole in Brazil's offense. Rodriguez's tournament is done, but he has six goals and sits atop this Golden Boot odds list.

Brazil's troubles are further compounded by the absence of Silva from Tuesday's match due to a one-game suspension after receiving a second yellow card in Brazil's match against Colombia.

Brazil looks to maintain their 39-year winning streak on home turf and advance to the World Cup final match for the first time since winning their last title in 2002.

Brazil vs. Germany prediction: 2-1 Germany

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