Germany and Sweden are two countries who are very familiar faces in the World Cup. Since 1954, Germany have qualified for every single World Cup and boast an illustrious record. They have played in more World Cup final fixtures than any other side and have won four World Cups in total, placing them joint second with Italy for the most World Cup wins, behind Brazil’s record of five.
Sweden’s World Cup ride has been a bit bumpier and they haven’t qualified for the previous two World Cups. History tells a more favourable story. In the 1950 World Cup, Sweden finished in third place and in 1958, they were runners-up. They also finished third in the 1994 World Cup and reached the knockout stages in 2002 and 2006. It will be fantastic to see the Swedes again at this year’s World Cup.
The teams have met once before at the World Cup in 2006 when the hosts, Germany, beat Sweden 2-0 in the second-round knockout stage thanks to two goals from Lukas Podolski.
Germany V Sweden World Cup 2018
So, with all that history, what about the match between the sides in 2018? Good question. Well, Germany will be firm favourites in this fixture and the holders will expect victory. The match will take place on the 23rd June in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
Sweden kick-off their campaign against South Korea and if they have any hopes of qualifying from Group F, they realistically need to win this match. Germany begin with a match against Mexico which could be a little tricky, but we still expect them to win.
That means that this match could pit the top two from Group F against each other. Sweden surprised everybody with their play-off victory against Italy in qualifying, and they will hope that they can pull off a similar performance against Germany. A draw is a slim, but not unthinkable possibility if Sweden defend fantastically well. Still, we think Germany will get the victory in this match and that their quality will ultimately shine through.
Sweden and Mexico are probably the two countries who will battle it out for second place in the group and the final game between the Mexico and Sweden could prove crucial. We favour Mexico to pip Sweden to second spot, but it could be close. We are certainly not ruling out Sweden.
Germany V Sweden World Cup Odds
The odds indicate an expected Germany victory with odds of around 11/20 floating around on a victory for last year’s Confederations Cup winners. At Betway, you can get odds of 16/5 on a draw in this match. Though we expect Germany to win, if you fancy a bit of a punt, this could be a decent option. Sweden’s chances of beating Germany are very slim and at odds of 11/2 at Betfair, the bookies think so too.
This clash between the two European countries could be an interesting one and Sweden might just frustrate Germany, particularly if they can keep it tight in defence in the opening stages of the match. However, we think that Germany will show their class and gain the victory in the end.