World Cup Finals Russia 2018 Previews & Betting Tips: Group F
Which countries feature in Group F?
The defending champions Germany are joined in battle with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea
What are the fixtures?
17th June 2018
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Germany vs Mexico
18th June 2018
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Sweden vs South Korea
23rd June 2018
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
South Korea vs Mexico
23rd June 2018
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Germany vs Sweden
27th June 2018
Kazan Arena, Kazan
South Korea vs Germany
27th June 2018
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Mexico vs Sweden
How is Group F shaping up?
Few defending champions come to the next tournament with as strong a squad as Germany. Leroy Sane is tearing up Premier League defences but is not deemed good enough for the world champions; Joachim Low’s exacting standards were not met and Sane will watch from the beach.
Exacting standards which are not being shown in results; it’s five without a win for Germany (D3, L2), their worst run of results in the 21st century. Of those games, however, only last weekend’s defeat in Austria was poor. Not beating England, France, Brazil, or Spain? At this level, matches rest on the slimmest margins.
Sweden are unexpected guests at the World Cup party. After finishing runners-up to France, few gave them much hope of beating Italy in the play-off. They did just that in Solna, 1 – 0 in Solna, before a superb exhibition of teamwork saw them take a goalless draw from the San Siro.
Not that things are going smoothly. One win in six (D2, L3) saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic volunteer to end his international retirement to help the cause; Janne Andersson declined that offer but has plenty of problems to solve. One goal in the last five games signals a key area where Emil Forsberg is key; the mantle of attacking provocateur falls on the Leipzig winger now.
They are set for an intriguing battle with Mexico, perennial qualifiers from central America. El Tri have lost one in the last six (W3, D2), falling by a single goal to Croatia. Their last five games saw one side only score with the Mexicans winning to nil on three occasions, along with the goalless draw with Wales in Pasadena.
Their five away games in 2017-18 saw one defeat (W2, D2) with both wins to nil. Only five of their 15 games this season saw over 2.5 goals (W3, D1) with eight featuring under 1.5 goals (W4, D2).
The final nation in the group is South Korea, who are becoming a familiar fixture in the World Cup finals. Like many of their peers, the Koreans are struggling with their form, losing three of the last four. Their only win came against Honduras and brought them only their second clean sheet in the last ten matches.
Six of the last eight finals saw the Reds exit at the group stage with their fourth place in 2002 coming on home soil. Giving them hope is their quarter-final appearance in South Africa but this time, that seems a bridge too far.
Betting Tips for World Cup Group F
Germany are rightly favourites for this group, but who joins them may well come down to the final game when Mexico face Sweden in Yekaterinburg. The Swedes have the physical presence but in the summer El Tri’s guile will see them through. Our betting tips for World Cup Group F are Germany and Mexico to qualify.
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