Germany and Mexico are the two favourites to progress from a World Cup group which also contains South Korea and Sweden, however we expect the reigning world champions to get off to the best of starts when they get their campaign underway this weekend. Nevertheless Germany boss Joachim Low insists that he won’t be underestimating the opposition despite beating them handsomely to the tune of 4-1 in the Confederations Cup in their last meeting in June 2017. Following the World Cup draw, Low said: “Mexico play at an incredibly high level. We know them from the Confederations Cup, where we beat them.
“Technically and tactically they are a very good team, a tough opponent to open against. We definitely won’t take things lightly against them. They have always done very well in recent years.”
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio is hopeful that his men can be more competitive when they face Germany this weekend although he in no doubt as to the tough challenge which awaits his side.
“Germany have a system that is not only enviable but sets the example for a lot of countries. Their coach has had the same project for more than 10 years,” he said.
“In Brazil (2014) he played with a different system, now he is using another system that is just as effective. He has been able to rejuvenate his group with players that are playing in the Bundesliga, which right now is one of the best leagues in the world. I would venture to say he has a pool of 35-40 players at a very high level.
“Definitely he has 10-15 players who could play in any national team in the word. So I think it’s an extraordinary opportunity for Mexican soccer. Remember in the Confederations Cup we unfortunately didn’t have Carlos Salcedo or Diego Reyes, but I think if everyone is healthy and good athletically we can compete against them and hopefully play this day with them.”
The wealth of talent at Low’s disposal is extremely impressive, this fact illustrated by the fact that his side won the Confederations Cup as well as the European U21 Championship, both of these with several of his star players rested. Indeed an extremely experienced core will give Germany a hugely formidable appearance with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos certain to rule the roost in midfield, however this will be the world champions’ toughest test in the group stages of the competition and the central Americans will certainly want to give very little away in the knowledge that another emphatic defeat would severely dent confidence ahead of their two matches with South Korea and Sweden.
Nevertheless a German win looks the order of the day and we expect the world champions to be typically resilient on the day. Bayern Munich duo Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng will once again form a rock-solid defensive partnership which we believe will help deny the Mexicans any hope of finding the back of the net and as such we’ll be siding with Germany to keep a clean sheet on Sunday, BetVictor Bookies going 7/5 on Germany to win-to-nil.