Are Germany’s Friendly Results Misleading?
Germany head into the 2018 World Cup with a title to defend but Joachim Low’s side have looked unconvincing during their warm-up games. They arrive in Russia off the back of a win over Saudi Arabia, although it was an unconvincing success. Timo Werner found the back of the net in their 2-1 victory and, despite taking a 2-0 lead, they were unable to add any further goals and failed to keep a clean sheet against a traditionally low-scoring side.
They were never likely to lose this fixture, although their performance was patchy and they could easily have been pegged back late on. They were defeated 2-1 by Austria earlier in the week and fans are understandably becoming a little concerned about the lack of fluency displayed by their side in recent months. Leroy Sane was left out of the squad to the disbelief of Manchester City fans but Joachim Low feels that he has enough strength in depth and the manager remains confident about his side’s chances in Russia.
Despite just a single win in six matches, Germany remain second favourites for the 2018 World Cup and can be backed at 9/2 with 10Bet. They remain extremely popular with punters, although plenty of late money has arrived for both Brazil and Spain. They have been drawn in Group F alongside South Korea, Mexico and Sweden and they should be able to progress with relative ease. 10Bet have priced them up at 5/2 to reach the final once again and their penchant for tournament football should help them reach the latter stages of this competition.
Poland’s Defence Remains a Major Concern
Poland qualified for the 2018 World Cup with relative ease but their defending left a lot to be desired. They conceded 14 times in ten matches, which was higher than each of the three teams who finished below them in UEFA Group E. The goals of Robert Lewandowski helped them book their place in Russia but evidence suggests that Adam Nawalka has failed to address the issue at the back.
After taking a two-goal lead, Poland were pegged back by Chile on June 8th and almost conceded a third late on. They couldn’t do much about Miiko Albornoz’s stunning effort but fans will be hoping their side can tighten up ahead of their Group H opener with Senegal. They’ve also been drawn alongside Colombia and Japan and have been priced up at 4/7 with William Hill to qualify for the round of 16.