Germany won the 2014 World Cup, they are the number one ranked side in the world and they are vying for favouritism in the outright winner betting for Russia 2018. The side just ahead of them with most bookies is Brazil but of course Die Mannschaft humiliated Neymar and co 7-1 four years ago. What hope is there of anyone in Group F stopping the brilliant champions?

Well, very little if the oddsmakers are to be believed. Joachim Low’s men are the 2/5 (Ladbrokes) favourites to win the group. Mexico are priced at best betting odds of 6/1 with BetVictor whilst our odds comparison shows Sweden not too far back at 13/2 with Bet365. South Korea complete the quartet but at 20/1 we don’t anticipate too many World Cup bets being placed on them.

Maximum Points for Germany

Germany are, quite simply, a formidable footballing nation. They topped UEFA qualifying Group C with 10 wins from 10 games. 43 goals scored, just four conceded gives a fair indication of their dominance. They have won the World Cup four times and this will be their 20th appearance at the finals.

They tick every single box you could possibly wish to be ticked. They have world class players in every position. That includes on the bench, with their immense strength in depth arguably the biggest advantage they have over other nations. They have a winning culture and they also know what it takes to triumph at a major tournament, both in terms of their experienced – yet young – squad and also in terms of their management team.

They get things started against Mexico. These two nations are the best in the group according to FIFA’s rankings and the bookies’ odds. However, we predict it will be an easy victory for the Germans. The bookies make them odds-on favourites for the clash, with 4/7 (Betfair) the best available betting odds.

Indeed, Low’s men are odds-on at the time of writing for all three of their Group F games. We think that’s perfectly justified too and even at odds of just 2/5 in the outright group winner betting they look top value.

Swedes to Make Mexicans Look Like Turnips

In the “to qualify” betting, you can back Mexico at odds of evens with Coral whilst the Swedes are longer at 5/4 with Ladbrokes. Mexico qualified by topping the CONCACAF area with ease but, up against the likes of Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras that was not a huge accomplishment.

In contrast Sweden were forced to work very hard. They came through a group containing France, Holland and Bulgaria and pushed the French close for a long time. They had to settle for a play-off spot where they got the toughest draw possible against Italy.

Their two performances to see off the Italians were superb and it is that grit, determination and unity that has us backing them to see off the Mexicans. Sweden will have taken a huge confidence boost from pipping Italy and we fancy Mexico are at a disadvantage having had an easier ride of things in the CONCACAF section.

The key game could well be the meeting between these two which takes place on the 27th June. That will be the last game of the group and takes place in Yekaterinburg. Mexico are the favourites at best betting odds of 17/10 but we predict the bet to make here is Sweden to win at odds of 11/5 with Unibet.

We can’t see the Swedes winning the group but the Germany/Sweden straight forecast looks a good bet at odds of 5/2. Another option is a bet on Mexico to finish third at 2/1.

Koreans to Struggle

We haven’t mentioned Korea much yet and with good reason: we don’t see them achieving too much in Russia this summer. Two draws would arguably be a good return for them but if you know something we don’t, back them to win Group F at huge odds of 20/1 with BetVictor.

They finished a long, long way behind Iran in qualifying and that tells its own story. They managed just 11 goals in 10 qualifying games and it isn’t unlikely that they will fail to score in Russia.

You can back them to finish third at odds of 12/5 but we predict it will be the wooden spoon for Shin Tae-yong’s men. Back them to finish rock bottom at 11/10.


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