21st July 2018

WORLD CUP D DAY FOR GERMANY

D DAY FOR GERMANY

23rd June 2018

Unbelievably ,Germany, one of the pre-tournament favourites face an early exit from the World Cup.

They face Sweden on Saturday knowing that nothing but a win might do. Mexico, who caused the shock of the tournament so far when beating Germany 1-0 (worth 3-0).

The Mexicans, supported by over 20,000 fans face the minnows of the Group, South Korea who were always second best to Sweden.

If Mexico land odds of 3/4, then Germany will have to beat Sweden. Even if the draw, and Mexico win, Germany would go out if the Sweden v Mexico game needed all square - and Germany would not want to be in that position.

Sweden may have lost their talisman striker - Zlatan Ibrahimovi? who's retired,  but they looked solid and compact against Korea. But, their recent record against Germany is poor.

Since 1984 the sides have met 11 times and Sweden have only won once and drawn four, losing six.

History is against the Swedes, but the German side may have too many players beyond their peak. Sweden may not get a better chance of causing an upset. Germany are poor value at 1/2 and the draw looks tempting at 10/3 with Bet365.

Mexico are 3/4 to beat Soth Korea and the only worry would be their lack of consistency. They have only won back to back games once in 2018 and it was a similar story in 2017.

That said, they were imperious against germany and even if they play to 80% of that level they can get the win that sees them make the last 16 for the first time outside Mexico.

Over 2.5 goals is an odds-on shot in Belgium v Tunisia and Germany v Sweden but is 7/5 Bet365 in the Mexico v South Korea game and that looks a bet.

Joe

Joe