The two favourites to qualify from Group G, Portugal meet Germany in what is sure to be a fantastic game of football. With Cristiano Ronaldo an injury concern going into last week, it remains to be seen whether he can lead his country to glory. While for Germany, the hope that they can go one step better than they did in 2006 and win the competition.
The Press Association's MatchStory team have captured advanced data for every goal scored and conceded by the 32 World Cup finalists during their qualifying matches, except Brazil for whom their fixtures in 2013 were used, to build a profile of each team's strengths, weaknesses and playing style.
These are the games we wait four years for - Germany taking on Portugal with both eager to fly out of the blocks in what could be a tricky Group G.
Two of Europe's heavyweights are unlikely to go toe-to-toe early on but the German mentality dictates they will not be content to sit back for a point for too long as they go in search of at least a fifth consecutive semi-final in a major competition.
So what should we be looking for when the two line-up in Salvador?
Germany were the top scorers in qualifying, scoring 36 goals from 10 matches: one ahead of Argentina (16 matches) and two in front of Holland (10 matches). A huge 69 per cent of those goals came from central areas, which could be quite a concern for the Portuguese who conceded more than half of their goals from the middle of the pitch.
Much will depend on the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo who scored eight times in qualifying as he, almost single-handedly, saw off Sweden in the play-offs.
On the wings of love
With a certain Real Madrid superstar in mind, if Portugal are to threaten Germany then they would be wise to play down the flanks. One of Germany's weaknesses in qualifying was their inability to prevent opponents finding success from wide areas.
They conceded two-thirds of their goals from the wings, while Portugal scored half of their goals from out wide - ranking them fifth overall from the 32 qualifiers.
This does not necessarily mean that Portugal are favourites to break the deadlock though. Paulo Bento's side scored just under a third of their goals in the first half in their qualifying games.
Couple that with the fact the Germans conceded only two of their 10 goals in the opening 45 minutes and Manuel Neuer could be forgiven for taking a copy of Bild onto the pitch with him for the next few weeks. Another statistic of note is that none of the aforementioned 36 German goals came from a header - Jurgen Klinsmann would no doubt be unamused!
A true battle of the big guns at such an early stage is a rare treat but this could well be a case of both teams not wanting to lose rather than pushing for victory. With so many talented players on the pitch, a moment of magic may be what separates these two sides and the Germans look to be the more rounded outfit with more potential match-winners among their ranks.
Whether coach Joachim Low has found the perfect German blend or not remains to be seen - as does whether a certain Mr Ronaldo is firing on all cylinders.
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