The tough-looking Group F of World Cup 2018 gets underway in Moscow on June 17 when the reigning champions, Germany, begin their defence of the Jules Rimet trophy against Mexico.
The Germans will be looking to put behind them a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, by their standards, in which they were defeated in the semi-finals by France. This is a team, and a nation, that thrives on big tournament football, and so their efforts on French soil can be considered below-par.
Still, they made up for that, to some extent, by winning the Confederations Cup the following summer, and so the large German fanbase in Russia can look forward to their side mounting a strong defence of their title here. The Mexicans will prove to be no pushovers, however. They have reached the last 16 in each of the last six World Cups, and this vintage will be looking to emulate the squads of yesteryear in Russia. In a difficult group that also includes Sweden and South Korea, they really could do with a point here.
So will the defending champions prove too strong for the South Americans, or can Mexico cause an early World Cup 2018 upset? Find out what are Germany vs Mexico betting tips!
1. Team News
|Statistics for last 10 matches ||Germany / Mexico |
|Number of wins: ||5 / 5 |
|Number of draws: ||3 / 2 |
|Avarage scored goals per match: ||2.2 / 1.4 |
|Avarage conceded goals per match: ||1 / 1 |
|Failure to score matches: ||2 / 3 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||D D L L W / W L D W L |
The most important news for Germany is that Manuel Neuer is back and will be defending their goal. Question is will Marco Reus be fit and ready for the match? We'll see.
What about Mexico? Alfredo Talavera is injured, that means the main goalkeeper will be Guillermo Ochoa. The rest of the team seems to be fit with Hernandez and Lozano in their full disposition.
2. Germany vs Mexico Predictions
Germany’s World Cup pedigree precedes them, and that’s why the bookmakers have installed them as a 1.50 favourite to start the 2018 campaign with a bang here.
Mexico are available at a lofty 7.50 to cause a huge upset, with the draw at 4.40.
3. Germany vs Mexico Odds
One of the main issues behind Germany’s relative failure at Euro 2016 was their lack of a recognised striker: manager Joachim Low had to utilise Bayern Munich winger Thomas Muller there, or call upon the ageing Mario Gomez to lead the line from off the bench.
That problem appears to be solved now by not one but two options: Bayern’s Sandro Wagner and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. They offer a genuine presence in attack and allows the galaxy of stars playing just behind them – names like Muller, Sane, Ozil, Draxler, Kroos and Schurrle just roll of the tongue – to play their natural game.
So we would expect Germany to put up a fierce defence of their trophy, and that means getting off to a good start here. After a qualifying campaign in which they won all ten matches with a goal difference of +39, they are expected to do exactly that.
Mexico topped the CONCACAF section of qualifying, although with their stiffest opposition presented by Costa Rica and Panama that will come as no great surprise. What will trouble their backers here is that they didn’t have the best of away records in qualifying – losing to Honduras and drawing with Costa Rica and Panama – and with Russia feeling like a million miles from home that does not bode well.
A number of the Mexican players - Andres Guardado, Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera and co – have experience of playing their club football in Europe, but again the conditions will surely prove to be something of a culture shock for the South Americans.
We thought that Germany would be priced a lot shorter than 1.50 to win this match by the bookies, and consequently we have to back them at what can be considered a good value price.
Reigning world champions Germany will be looking to successfully defend their crown in Russia, but first they will need to find a way past a talented Mexico side in their first Group F encounter. Who will take the early spoils?
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So these were Germany vs Mexico odds. As you can clearly see, Germans are massive favourites here. Bookies almost don't believe that Mexico will be able to fight off the attacks of German players. But as always, it is sports, so almost everything can happen. What are yours Germany vs Mexico predictions? Oh, and don't forget to check out the Sweden vs South Korea betting tips!