Today’s Predictions: Germany vs Mexico
Germany 0 – 1 Mexico
Germany vs. Mexico Odds
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The 10th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between defending champions Germany and CONCACAF regulars Mexico.
- Date : 17th June 2018
- Time : 9:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Luzhniki Stadium
Germany kickoff Group F with a tempting fixture against Mexico, who have long been praised for troubling some of the top nations in international tournaments. The Germans would be looking to become only the 3rd team to retain their title and win back to back World Cups.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Germany had one of the strongest qualifying phases out of all the teams in Europe, breaking several records in the process. They went unbeaten throughout the qualifiers, and a record 21 different goal scorers were involved, highlighting their remarkable strength in depth. They had a final goal difference of +39, another record.
Mexico topped their qualification group, as they almost always do due to the questionable quality of the teams in their region. The other two teams who qualified from their group were Panama and Costa Rica. Mexico scored the highest number of goals and also boasted of the best defense furing the qualifiers.
Despite an impeccable qualification campaign, Germany have actually been in poor form in recent months, with their only win in the last 6 matches coming against Saudi Arabia. However, that being said they also chose the toughest friendly fifa world cup 2018 fixtures to ensure adequate preparation for the World Cup, and escaped unbeaten against Spain, France and England, while Brazil and Austria managed to get the better off them. The team is famous for its unity and chemistry, and that looks set to continue with many of the previous world cup winning squad players still there this time around as well.
Mexico have had a mixed run of form in recent weeks, with 3 wins out of their last 6 matches. A 3-0 win over fellow World Cup hopefuls Iceland would have boosted their confidence, but they went on to lose to Denmark and Croatia, meaning that their fans are not too sure about their chances at this summer’s tournament.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 11 times over the years, with Germany winning 6 of those matches, drawing 4 and losing just once. They have met 3 times in the World Cup before, with German winning on each occasion.
Germany have also left out some very big names from their final 23 man squad, a testament of their squad depth. The most shocking exclusion from the list was that of Manchester City’s mercurial winger Leroy Sane, who had one of the best domestic seasons a winger could have. A huge relief for the Germans is that Marco Reus is finally fit and available, after missing out on the 2014 World Cup as well as Euro 2-16 due to unfortunate injuries.
Mexico will be boosted by the return of their marquee midfielder Guardado from a lengthy injury. Apart from him, most of their veteran star players are still there, and would be looking to finally take their team beyond the round of 16 stage, a stage where they have lost for the last 6 World Cups in a row.
Players To Watch Out For
Germany have an abundance of world class stars at their disposal, and it is difficult to specifically choose from them. Thomas Muller has been remarkably prolific for the national team, especially at the last 2 World Cup, and would be looking to compete for the Golden boot again. Marco Reus is finally available for selection, and would be looking to make up for the lost time. Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos would be looking to carry their club form to the national stage, while Manuel Neuer is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Mexico have a few stars of their own, who are capable of hurting the strongest sides in the world on their day. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is one of the best poachers in world football, and is already the country’s highest scorer with 59 goals. Hirving Lozano was the best player in the Dutch League for PSV Eindhoven, and is expected to star for his country as well.
Germany Vs Mexico Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Germany are the favourites in this opening clash against Mexico. The main reason behind this is that they are the defending champions and currently ranked 1 in the world. Another reason is that Germany have actually never lost to Mexico in a competitive fixture before.
- Germany have played the highest number of matches and scored the highest number of goals in FIFA World Cup history.
- Mexico have made the World Cup group stages 7 times in their history, but have never crossed the round of 16 stage.
- Mexico conceded just 1 goal in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, while Germany conceded just 4 in the entire tournament. Hence, we strongly recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market.
Mexico is a tricky prospect for any team in the world, but the German simply have way too much firepower for the Central American team. Germany do not have any glaring weaknesses as such, and look way too solid to drop points to lower ranked teams. We expect a close yet comfortable win for the defending World Champions.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Germany 2-0 Mexico