World Cup Match 10: Germany v Mexico

The defending champions Germany will get their title defence under way at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when they take on Mexico. History suggest we are in store for a goal-fest!

Stats

What’s their current form?
Germany blitzed their qualifying before displaying some mixed form in 2018, where they had a draw with Spain and back-to-back losses against Brazil 1-0 and Austria 2-1 before beating Saudi Arabia last week 2-1.

Mexico has played a total of 17 games in the last season, 6 of which have been this year. They had a 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina and a 3-0 win over Ireland before losing 1-0 to Croatia a few days later. 2 months later they drew with Wales before scoring a 1-0 win over Scotland and a 2-0 loss to Denmark in their two warm up games for the FIFA World Cup.

Lineups
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Reus, Ozil, Draxler; Werner.
Mexico: Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Layun, Herrera; dos Santos, Guardado, Lozano; Hernandez.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Germany won all ten of their qualifying games, racking up an immense 43 goals and conceding just 4, while Mexico also topped their qualifying group, although nowhere near as convincingly.

What should I be betting on?
Germany to score goals and Mexico not to.

Wolf’s Prediction

Germany have made for World Cup finals (8) than any other nation and are the safest bet when it comes to tournament football. They have proven time and time again, not matter who is in their squad, that they can contend at major championships. Key players like Ozil, Gundogan and Reus are definitely underdone in terms of game time and performance this season, but The Wolf knows better than to write of the 5 time champions. You can pencil them in to win this group and to make the semi’s. They have made the final four in 4 consecutive World Cups and have also won all 3 clashes with Mexico dating back to 1998. One thing is for certain, this one may challenge the Spain/Portugal clash for match of the tournament to date. There have been 15 goals between them in the last 3 meetings with both teams finding the back of the net on each occasion. Mexico will rely on Dos Santos Chicharito to lead their attack and regardless of Chicharito’s club form, he always performs for his country. He has 49 goals in 102 appearances for Mexico and has found the back of the net at each of the last two World Cups. This one is worth staying up for!

Recommended Bets

Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.85)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($2.75)
Pump It Up Special: Germany 2+ goals & WIN, Mexico Score ($4.00)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 6pm (local time) on June 16. In Australia, kick-off will be at 1am on June 18th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Germany have a few players that are expected to line up here despite being under an injury cloud. Boateng (thigh), keeper Neuer (foot), Reus (knee) and Stindl (ankle) are all expected to be ready for Game 1 though.

Mexico are injury free.

Who’s the referee? TBA

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 11 prior games between these nations, with Germany dominating, winning 6 games to Mexico’s 1, while 4 matches have been drawn. Germany has won the last 3 matches; 2-1 in 1998; 4-3 in 2005 and 4-1 in 2017.

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