Germany vs Serbia preview 18/06/10 12:30

Germany can effectively wrap up qualification for the knockout rounds with victory over Serbia, whereas their opponents need the win to ensure their chances of progressing remain in their hands.

After a strong display against a limp and directionless Australia, Germany were widely proclaimed as the early pacesetters. Their team will likely be unchanged in a bid to ensure progression as quickly as possible, seeing Klose operate in front of the attack-minded Ozil, Muller and equally prolific Podolski.

Serbia, without the suspended (and frankly unpredictable) Udinese defender Lukovic, welcome highly rated Neven Subotic into the squad to partner Nemanja Vidic.

The biggest worry for Serbia is that Nikola Zigic continues to falter. Without his firepower, too much pressure will fall onto the shoulders of wingers Milos Krasic and Milan Jovanovic to cut inside as the game wares on.

Serbia are tougher opposition than Australia but Germany have an abundance of options, whereas Serbia have none. A comprehensive victory for Germany. After netting against Australia, look out for another typically intuitive goal from main striker Miroslav Klose.