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USA vs. Germany: Form Guide, Live Stream and Prediction for 2014 World Cup

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States looks on as the US Men's National Team stretches prior to training at Arena Amazonia on June 21, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

The top spot in Group G of World Cup 2014 in Brazil is still very much up for grabs with the USA and Germany tied on four points, and the European side holds the superior goal-difference.

The two sides meet for a decider on Thursday, with the winner of the clash taking first place in the group and the easier draw in the last 16.

However, the other remaining game in the group is Portugal against Ghana—both currently on one point—thus, a draw would see both Joachim Low and Jurgen Klinsmann's sides safely through no matter what happens in the other match.

Whether Germany and the USA will both play for a draw in Recife remains to be seen, but let's take a look at the form guide as well as live streaming information for this crucial matchup.

 

Date: Thursday, June 26

Time: 5 p.m. BST, noon ET

TV Info: BBC1 (UK), ESPN (US)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), ESPN Player (US)

 

Form Guide

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Germany are one of the most hotly tipped sides at the tournament in Brazil, having performed consistently well at the highest level, reaching at least the last four in the previous three World Cups.

However, Low's fantastic side haven't yet been able to go all the way at a major tournament and will be desperate to win the competition in South America.

They made it to Brazil after dropping only two points in qualifying and scoring 36 goals from 10 games in the process, per UEFA.

A draw with Cameroon in a warm-up game was followed by a 6-1 thrashing of Armenia, and they showed impressive form to crush Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup opener.

Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick in that encounter in Salvador, and the Bayern Munich star is in with a shot at a second consecutive Golden Boot.

However, it was veteran Miroslav Klose who saved the day as Germany lost a lead and had to come from behind to bag a draw against Ghana, per football writer Graham Ruthven:

Their superior goal-difference is a major advantage for the Germans, and a draw against the USA would see them top the group while also being a good result for Klinsmann's side.

USA have played in two absolute crackers in the tournament so far. They beat Ghana 2-1 with a late John Brooks header despite having lost a lead after Clint Dempsey's early goal, per Squawka:

Dempsey scored late once again to make it 2-1 against Portugal, and the Americans were seconds away from last 16 qualification before Silvestre Varela's injury-time equaliser. 

However, they have done incredibly well in what is a very tough group and should be confident of claiming the draw they need against Germany.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on Ju
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They topped CONCACAF qualifying convincingly after seven wins from 10 and four points clear of Brazil's surprise package Costa Rica.

USA won three warm-up games against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria, and if they can claim the second spot in Group G, they will likely face Belgium in the first knockout round.

While the Belgians have been well fancied to go far in this tournament, they put in a dire performance to beat Russia and had to come from behind to overcome Algeria.

In the form they are in, it is not completely ludicrous to suggest that USA could make it through to the quarter-finals, but they most likely have to get some kind of result against Germany first.

Klinsmann will likely set up defensively to try to neutralise the German side's potent attacking threat, and their best goal-scoring outlet will be on the counter.

However, it would not be too much of a surprise to see both the Americans and Germany play out for a draw, which would be beneficial for each side.

Prediction: 1-1 

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