World Cup 2018 Group F Betting Preview
Germany are the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup and they will be confident of progressing as Group F winners. It’s little surprise that bet365 make GERMANY the 5.50 (9/2) second favourites to retain their World Cup crown, with Die Mannschaft having prospered in Brazil four years ago and they retain many of the players that helped them win a fourth title.
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Joachim Low continues as manager and the way in which a weakened squad won last summer’s Confederations Cup indicates that they have to be treated with respect, with some talented young players joining the old guard.
Low has some nice dilemmas when it comes to choosing his team, with Timo Werner the real breakthrough star in the squad, although Joshua Kimmich and Julian Draxler are other players that represent the bright future of the national side.
Mexico and Sweden set to scrap out second spot
MEXICO won’t be feeling confident about toppling their Pot 1 opponents after losing 4-1 in last summer’s Confederations Cup, although they were essentially undone by two early goals and failed to recover.
Los Tri are the best of what CONCACAF have to offer right now and perhaps they will be capable challengers in the World Cup considering they drew 3-3 with Belgium in a friendly before beating Poland 1-0.
The Mexicans won six and drew three of their ten matches in qualifying, with the squad blessed with lots of experience ably led by Betis’ Andres Guardado. There are several striking options in the form of Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta.
SWEDEN would love to have more firepower in their squad, although the Scandinavian side did manage to finish second in a tough UEFA qualifying group before beating Italy in a play-off.
The two-legged win over the Azzurri will have been excellent for team spirit, with Emil Forsberg the real star of the show in midfield, while manager Janne Andersson seems dead against the idea of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning.
The defence held firm against Italy, with captain Andreas Granqvist and Victor Lindelof expected to be steady in Russia and an opening match against South Korea could mean they have a winner-takes-all final match against the Germans.
South Korea likely to be bottom of the pile
Finally, SOUTH KOREA will have all the clichés about being a hard-working team and they have an impressive track record when it comes to reaching World Cups.
The Taegeuk Warriors will be targeting second spot in this group although they were a long way behind Iran in qualifying and really struggled away from home where their only goals came against Qatar.
A FIFA ranking of 62nd illustrates that Sweden and Mexico will be happy to have South Korea in the group and we’re tipping the Mexicans to squeak through with Germany.
Group F Prediction
4. South Korea
South Korea to finish bottom