Can the reigning World Cup holders break the “champions curse” at World Cup? It all began back in 2002 when France failed to go past the groups just four years after they had claimed the trophy on home soil. Italy then failed to leave an impact in 2010 after winning the silverware 2006, while Spain did the same dour years ago in Brazil where they came as the defending champions.
Germany should really be able to break this curse as they are massive favourites in the Group F which also includes the names of Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic. Joachim Low (who has been the head coach since 2006) has had a massive success with this German team. His maim challenge will be selecting key players as he has an immense depth in his ranks.
This could have best been noticed last year at Confederations Cup where Germany lifted the trophy with a completely reserve lineup. Die Mannscaft had 21 different players on the scoreline during the qualifying campaign and they have scored a super impressive 43-goal tally in ten matches, winning all of them in the process.
Even though Manuel Neuer has been on a long break due to injury woes, Germany should not worry about their keepers options given that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has been enjoying a stellar from in Barcelona this season. The defensive line is also super strong (led by Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels), while Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil will be the bosses at the center or the park. Up front, Germany have the likes of Thomas Muller (who has bagged five goals in each of last two editions of the tournament), Timo Werner (has been fantastic at RB Leipzig in the last couple of seasons) and Sandro Wagner (looks to be enjoying his time a Allianz Arena since joining from Hoffenheim).
Mexicans will make their seventh straight appearance at World Cups and they have managed to pass the group phase in all editions since 1986. Nonetheless, they have rarely managed to win the first knockout game. El Tricolor have shown their quality four years ago in Brazil when the demolished Croatia in the direct battle of the second place in the group A (Brazil topped it) 3-0. Javier Hernandez became country’s all-time top goalscorer just when he netted one of three goals against the Croats back then.
Juan Carlos Osorio has a super experienced squad whose players have been together for years and that’s Mexico’s biggest strength and that’s why we see them as the second favourites of the group.
Nonetheless, it will be hard to underestimate Sweden who have had a strong qualifying campaign eliminating the likes of Italy in the playoffs. Prior to these legs with Azzurri. The Swedes came second in a very tough qualifying Group A which featured the names of France and Netherlands as well. The team does not have a star such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic anymore. But, they are a very interesting side whose high team spirit is the driving force.
The man to watch in the Swedish camp is RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg, while their top scorer Marcus Berg signed for Asian Al Ain and his physical condition will be under a huge question mark this summer in Russia.
Korea Republic are the group’s underdogs without doubts, but they could be a formidable force on their day. Koreans have been struggling for goals in their qualifying campaign which has seen them come second to Iran in their respective qualifying group.
Shin Tae-Yong’s has a host of players in arguably world’s strongest division, English Premier League. Most popular of them all is Son Heung-Min who has been absolutely brilliant this year in Tottenham.
FIFA World Cup Group F – Predictions and Bet Tips
Germany’s top spot should not be in danger and you won’t make a mistake backing Die Mannschaft to come on top here at 1.36.
The battle for the second place will be highly intense between the other three sides. We do find the value in backing Sweden not to qualify at the odds of 1.61.
Group F Correct Forecast 1st and 2nd place – Germany & Mexico @ 2.90
Sweden not to qualify @ 1.61.