World Cup Group F – Betting Tips and Preview
Holders Germany have been handed a fairly tricky World Cup 2018 group draw with games against South Korea, Mexico and Sweden. Despite those three sides boasting different qualities, the reigning champions will expect to advance to the latter stages of the tournament.
The World Cup schedule for Group F begins on Sunday 17 June when the Germans face Mexico in what should be a great game for the neutral. The final game will be played ten days later, with two sides progressing through to the round of 16.
Given the quality of teams on display, and it is worth remembering Sweden knocked out Italy to qualify, this is easily one of the most exciting FIFA World Cup 2018 groups.
Here at OpenOdds we will strive to enhance your knowledge of each team in the group as well as providing you with recommended bets that will add even more excitement to the highly-anticipated tournament.
Winner Prediction: Germany
Even though we’ve talked up the quality of the sides in the group, it will take a brave person to bet against the Germans emerging victorious. As mentioned, they are the holders, they know how to win and they have a squad that is packed full of tremendous players.
The depth that Joachim Löw has to choose from is what makes this Germany squad frightening. There are several players in each position that have a strong case of starting and that fierce competition for places is what every manager dreams of.
Arguably his toughest decision will be whether to include the superb Manuel Neuer in goal, after the Bayern Munich man has missed the vast majority of the season through injury. Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a more than capable replacement if not.
In defence, Mats Hummels will be a commanding figure, whilst Toni Kroos will once again control games with his decisive and precise passing range.
Up front, the effective Thomas Muller has to be in with a chance of winning the golden boot and the explosive Leroy Sane will be one to excite fans with his running power and dribbling ability. The fact that we could easily have highlighted a further six or seven key individuals demonstrates just how good Germany are.
The other sides are threats but Germany are just on another level and that’s why we can’t recommend anyone else when it comes to having a punt on the group winner.
Another factor to consider is that the runner up is highly likely to play Brazil in the next round, who Germany will want to avoid at that stage of the competition, so there’s little chance of them not going all out to finish first.
Unfortunately, that’s reflected in the odds, with Ladbrokes offering a best-priced 2/5 on Germany to top the group.
Detailed overview of Group F
With the start dates for World Cup 2018 not that far away at all now, fans will be growing increasingly excited about the feast of football and one team that will surely capture the imagination of neutrals is Mexico.
Juan Carlos Osorio has been in charge for three years of the national team now, encouraging a fast, energetic, high-pressing style that will see Mexico go after the sides they play – including Germany.
Whilst that no-fear attitude is admirable it can see them easily opened up which is the obvious weakness.
Yet, they have a lot of talented players with Porto captain Hector Herrera patrolling the midfield alongside the experienced Andres Guardado.
Going forward, the very exciting Hirving Lozano, who has just won the Dutch league with PSV, and West Ham’s Chicharito will look to make significant contributions.
The contrast in styles is another reason why this group is so appealing, with Sweden a more cautious and conservative side – however they are very effective.
Beating Italy to get to Russia speaks demonstrates how good they can be and their solid system and togetherness means they will be very tough to break down.
Even Zlatan-less this side have quality though, it’s not all about discipline and hard work. RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg is a superb midfielder that will catch the eye and Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof usually excels in defence for his country.
The least fancied team of the group, South Korea, also have a star man of their own, with Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son a class act that Premier League fans will know all about.
Ki Seung-yeung is another name that will be familiar and the Swansea man will hope to set the tempo for his team from midfield.
All in all, we can’t wait for the matches in Group F World Cup 2018 to begin, as it could be a very good watch.
Runners-Up Prediction: Mexico
The Mexico vs Sweden clash, which is the final group game, is going to be pivotal in deciding who qualifies with Germany.
Even though South Korea pose a threat and clearly have talented players, the reality is the three sides in the group will be expecting wins against them.
We believe that Mexico’s extra ability in the final third will be enough to see off the Swedes to second place. As mentioned, Lozano is a standout talent, Chicharito is a goal poacher whilst they can also call on Raul Jimenez who plays for Benfica to give them a different option in the final third.
That combines to make Mexico more unpredictable to deal with and their fantastic movement and fluid style of play will be difficult for others to stop.
Another factor is that because the game is the final match in the group, there’s every chance Sweden may approach the game needing to win, which doesn’t play into their hands.
The odds prove just how tight it will be and Sweden are a very capable side, however Mexico should have just enough to advance and can be taken at 15/8 with Sky Bet to finish second.
Recommended Bet: South Korea to finish last – 1/1 – Sky Bet
Probably the best value bet for Group F World Cup 2018 is for South Korea to finish bottom.
Obviously, the individual talent of Son could play a big part but on the whole they are a class below the other sides in the group. As stressed, that’s not necessarily saying they are a poor team, just the others are better.
Although, in their qualifying for the tournament, they just about scraped past Syria and Uzbekistan to finish seven points behind Iran which is not exactly a great sign. Scoring goals was a major issue, with South Korea hitting just 11 in ten games.
Recent friendly defeats to Northern Ireland and Poland have done nothing to convince us that they are ready to make a big impact in this group, which is why they are likely to finish bottom and could do well to pick up more than a point.