Germany vs Mexico – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final Score: Germany 0 – 1 Mexico
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World cup holders Germany will aim to make a winning start to their World Cup defence as they play Mexico.
Joachim Low’s side are aiming to become the first side since Brazil in 1962 to retain their World Cup title and are once again one of the tournament’s standout sides.
El Tri are regulars at the World Cup and have advanced to the last 16 in each of their last six tournaments and have progressed through the groups in all but one attempt since the 1960s.
Germany have played Mexico five times and are unbeaten, including a 2-1 victory in the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals and 4-1 triumph in last year’s Confederations Cup.
Die Mannschaft will be strong favourites to advance from a group which includes Sweden and South Korea, with the majority of their 2014 winning side still in place.
For Mexico, stalwarts Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera and Javier Hernadez still remain in Juan Carlos Osorio’s ranks, with the squad largely home-based.
Germany breezed through their qualifying group leading up to the World Cup, winning all 10 of their qualification matches, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four in the process.
They are favourites to win this one, with William Hill offering 11/25 on them emerging as the victors.
Mexico’s strength is built on a strong defence – they have conceded just once in their past five matches with eight clean sheets in their last 14.
While Germany averaged more than four goals per game in qualification, they will be aware this is the toughest fixture in their group, with their opponents set to sit back and absorb pressure.
Under 2.5 goals is priced attractively at 4/5 William Hill, with the value being found in a low-scoring duel.
- Mexico have won just five of their last 11 fixtures, although three of those came in their last five outings
- Los Tri have conceded just one goal in their most recent five games, but conversely have managed just five goals in that time
- They have seven players in their squad in double figures for international goals, with Javier Hernandez the team’s most prolific scorer
- Javier Hernandez to score first against Germany at 14/1 with 888sport
- Germany have won their last seven competitive games, and are unbeaten in 15 since their defeat in the 2016 European Championships
- Germany to win the tournament at 24/5 with 888 Sport
Germany:Manuel Neuer (captain), Marvin Plattenhardt, Jonas Hector, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Timo Werner, Mesut Özil, Marco Reus, Kevin Trapp, Thomas Müller, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle, Antonio Rüdiger, Jérôme Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, Julian Brandt, İlkay Gündoğan, Marc-André ter Stegen.
Mexico:José de Jesús Corona, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Rafael Márquez, Diego Reyes, Jonathan dos Santos, Miguel Layún, Marco Fabián, Raúl Jiménez, Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela, Alfredo Talavera, Guillermo Ochoa, Javier Hernández, Héctor Moreno, Héctor Herrera, Jesús Manuel Corona, Andrés Guardado (captain), Oribe Peralta, Javier Aquino, Edson Álvarez, Hirving Lozano, Jesús Gallardo.