World Cup Russia 2018: Group F – Preview, Odds, and Predictions

World Cup Russia 2018: Group F – Preview, Odds, and Predictions

After a couple of groups analyzed we have come to Group F. The sixth group of the tournament includes Europe’s Germany and Sweden, Central America’s Mexico and Asia’s South Korea. Check out our partner WILLIAM HILL for specials on the World Cup. Open an account and CLAIM A 300% BONUS.

Germany

There is one clear favorite in this group and you all know who it is. Germany! The last world cup winners are by many predicted to win or go far this time around as well. But it should be noted that this is not the same team that won the last tournament. There has been a large generational shift in the team and players like Podolski, Klose, Lahm, and Schweinsteiger have been replaced with youngsters like Kimmich, Süle, Sané, and Timo Werner. Should the German supporters be worried? Well, of course, the monumental players that have retired (Klose is the all-time top goal scorer in the world cup) will put a constraint on the team. But Timo Werner has been for the last two years one of the best goal scorers in Bundesliga, Sane has performed game after game with his Manchester City this season and Kimmich scored in both semi-finals in the Champions League just a couple of weeks ago. Sure, the team is perhaps not as it used to be but hell, they have boatloads of talent and will be one of the top contenders for the trophy in Russia.

Sweden

Later, Sweden stood for some of the most shocking scenes during the qualification rounds in Europe. The Nordic country ended up in a group with both France and Holland. Nobody thought the team would be able to win or even come second but after winning against France and an overall good campaign the team ended up second. In the playoffs, Sweden drew the short straw and was about to face Italy. The European powerhouse had not missed a world cup since the fifties. Sweden won the first leg at home with 1-0 and was able to maintain the offensive force by the Italians away from home. The game ended in a goalless tie. Sweden was through and had qualified for their first world cup since 2006. The biggest debate relating to the Swedish team has been about if their monumental superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be allowed to represent the country or not. The Swede had a great start for his LA Galaxy and have had some difficulties lately. Even if you don’t wanna believe it – he is starting to get old. Instead of the superstar, the Swedish teams do not have that many big names in international football. Forsberg in RB Leipzig, Marcus Berg, Augustinsson, Olsson, and Toivonen are some of the players that will most likely be included in the squad. In relations to Germany, no Swedish player would fit in their squad or even on their bench.

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South Korea

South Korea did incredibly well in when the country hosted the tournament in 2002 and came forth. The team lost 3-2 against Turkey in the bronze game. Sadly, it is not the same team today representing the country. The Korean’s have some well-known players and their superstar is by far Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min. The winger/striker has had an amazing season at Wembley this season and has ever since the move to the European continent been a force to reckon with. This includes both in the Bundesliga and now later in the Premier League. Moreover, the team consists mostly of players that are playing in the domestic league – K League 1. Other more known players include Ki Sung-Yeung of Swansea and Koo Ja-Cheol of Augsburg. As you can see, the amount of famous players is limited. The Asian nation will have problems but with the level of Son, nothing is impossible.

Mexico

Last, in this group you have Mexico. I personally have some doubts about the team or rather that the team is somewhat overrated. Chicharito or Javier Hernández have not been playing frequently for West Ham and when he has been playing, he has not really impressed. Additional the team includes Betis player Andrés Guardado, Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos both in the MLS and Porto’s Héctor Herrera. The team should advance from the group but in the rounds of sixteen, the team will be too limited to compete with the giants.

In this group, Germany will dominate and whoever comes second all the depends on the fixture between the remaining teams. Sweden and their persuasiveness do have an ability and are a bit famous for winning in difficult situations (won the group of death in 2002 and now qualified to the World Cup in Russia) but South Korea will most likely end last. But the fight about the second spot is open for anyone.

Group F – Results

1. Germany
2. Mexico
3. Sweden
4. South Korea

Group winner: Germany

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