Mexico +620 vs. Germany -217

Germany vs Mexico

Luzhniki Stadium/ Moscow

11 A.M ET, June 17th, 2018, Sunday

Line: Germany – 217 / Mexico +620 Draw +310

CTS 365 Free FIFA World Cup Pick Germany vs Mexico

After months of anticipation, debate, and predictions, the 2018 World Cup is finally here. While the qualification process has been taxing for some, other teams have had the luxury to use those matches to see what combination of players works best on the pitch.

While there are familiar names headlining the favorites to make deep runs in the tournament, it’s always intriguing to look out for the underdog or dark horse capable of shocking the world, a nation similar to the likes of Denmark or England.

One of the more intriguing match-ups takes place in Group F when Mexico will face off with Germany.

Mexico led the Concacaf qualification group with 21 points and a 6-3-1 record. The likes of Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela lead the attack on an extremely deep Mexican national team squad. Hernandez, also known more frequently as “Chicharito“, is the ultimate poacher, well known for his timely runs into an opponents defending third and his knack for creating chances out of nothing. Among him, El Tri will feature a few other midfield and attacking players that have tons of experience linking up with each other in past matches for their country. They will need to be on their game if Mexico want to upset Germany or even escape Group F.

Anytime Germany is included in a competition, it spells danger for the entire field. The Germans cruised through their qualification table by winning every one of their 1o matches. Head coach Joachim Low is the Vader to the Evil Empire and guided them to World Cup glory in 2014. You’ll see that he features in his starting side one of the best midfielders in the world in Toni Kroos. While Kroos won’t wow you will athleticism or superior ball skills, he’s a long passing mastermind who gets in on the attack and is able to defend as well, not to mention he’s also deadly from set pieces and has a rocket shot from distance with either foot. Germany will be expected to sweep through Group F and advance into the knockout stages of the tournament without much if not any difficulty.

History of Germany vs. Mexico in the World Cup

In 1986, Mexico matched up with what was known as West Germany in the quarterfinal of the World Cup. West Germany emerged victorious but needed penalties after extra time to do so. In 1998 they met again during the World Cup Round of 16 stage, in which Germany won, this time 2-1 in full-time.

Germany’s secret weapon

When Marco Reus is healthy, he has the potential to be the most dangerous players on any given pitch. That’s his problem though, staying on the pitch. Reus has only 30 caps with Germany is his career and has missed both last year’s World Cup and the Euro 2016. This year however, he looks to be raring to go and that’s great news for his country.

Mexico’s keys to getting a result

Mexico is going to have to resist an onslaught of German attacks, so it’ll be important for the midfield and defense to keep their shape long enough to give forwards like Vela and Chicharito opportunities to get in on counter attack chances. They also can’t let Germany have too much of the ball, meaning they’re going to have to by physical and technical in their tackling, while also proficient at not giving the ball away in crucial areas.

Ridiculous fact

Germany has never lost or drawn the first game of the a group stage match in a World Cup, and have given up a combined 2 goals on Match day 1 since 1990.

 

CTS 365 Free FIFA World Cup Pick Germany vs Mexico

Mexico will need to stay disciplined in defense and rely on thee likes of their all-time leading goal scorer Javier Hernandez to do what he does best to at least get a draw. However, given the Germans supreme talent depth, and history of success on Match day 1 in the World Cup, I don’t see any hope of Mexico getting any points.

Colby’s Choice: Germany -217

 

 

 

Colby Marshall

Author: Colby Marshall

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