Some World Cup 2018 matches cannot be missed. Germany vs. Mexico (17 June 2018) sits on that list. It’s the face-off between reigning champions and the current top-ranked team in the world, Germany and its toughest competitor in the group phase, Mexico.
It will be an action-packed rematch of their semi-final encounter at 2017 Confederations Cup, where Germany won 4-1. Both teams feature squads at their peak—think Toni Kroos vs. Chicharito.
Is it really that obvious who you should place your bets on? Can Mexico’s El Tri get revenge? What are the odds and how much opportunity is there for punters? Read on to find out:
World Cup 2018: Germany vs. Mexico Match Odds
All bookmakers are stepping over each other to offer this match. According to Bet 365, the ddds of the Match are:
- Germany 4/9
- Draw 3
- Mexico 7
Germany obviously sees its group as a favourable draw. However, they will really need to maintain top spot as Brazil could await in the final 16. Here are the odds of both teams finishing the group stage as Winner of Group F, as offered by Bet365:
- Germany 1/3
- Mexico 5
Analysts predict Mexico will finish second; Unibet and 888Sport offers odds of 9/5. In the meantime, group mate Sweden has odds of 21/10 of finishing group stage in second while South Korea has odds of 51/10.
After all, Mexico is ranked above its other group opponents (16th according to FIFA, compared to Sweden (18) and South Korea (59)).
Germany’s World Cup 2018 Team
The reigning champions are in good shape. With a 100% win record in all of its games in 2017, the Confederations Cup win in July last year and a stunning record of 10 wins in 10 matches at UEFA qualifiers, the German team is really at its peak performance.
Look out for new leader, Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. Add to that equation Joachin Low, who led the team to its 2015 title and has a steady track record that must be feared.
If anything, it may be the team’s relatively higher age. Take Thomas Müller for example. At his best, Müller was among the best players in the world. Recently, he’s struggled with injuries and poor form.
Mexico’s World Cup 2018 Team
All eyes will be on Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder, Marco Fabian, who scored a long-range stunner in the Confederations match against Germany. Carlos Salcedo and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez complete the power El Tri trio against Germany.
They have also hired Colombian Carlos Osorio, nicknamed “El Profesor” who is known for his meticulous planning and quick attacking style. Mexico is also in excellent shape, qualifying for this World Cup with three games to spare ahead of Costa Rica and Panama.
However, if history is any marker of success, Mexico may drop out in the round of 16 again (making it the seventh time, seven World Cup tournaments in a row). Reaching the quarter-finals this time would be seen as a huge success for its nation.
TL;DR: The World Cup holders, Germany are not only expected to win the match; they are expected to top the group with no trouble. After all, they are unbeaten in all games in 2017. Mexico is up against a stiff competitor.