Germany – Sweden
After losing its first game at the World Cup against Mexico, now the world champion Germany is in a tough situation in Group F. The Manschaft faces Sweden in the city of Sochi, knowing that making another mistake is just not on the table. Come and see our soccer betting tips for today for this clash.
Four years ago Germany won the World Cup for a 4th time in its history, but now the competition in Russia didn’t start in they way all Germans hoped. Joachim Low put a strong team against Mexico in the opening round, but Hirving Lozano’s goal in the first half was enough for the Aztecs to win. This loss put Germany in a position to chase a must win against Sweden. But this position is dangerous, because if the players are not performing with cool heads, they could have problems against the strong Scandinavian side.
Against Mexico Low put a 4-2-3-1 formation on the pitch with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner leading the attack. The young striker was supported by Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller. In the second half Low tried to change what’s happening with putting Mario Gomez, Julian Brandt and Marco Reus on the pitch, but most of the people asked – where’s Leroy Sane? Low’s controversial decision to leave Manchester City’s winger at home is now becoming a subject for a lot of discussions.
Sweden started the World Cup with totally different emotions, beating the Korea Republic in their opening game. Andreas Granqvist scored the only goal in the game with a well taken penalty kick, which was enough for the Scandinavians to take the three points.
The more important thing is that Sweden proved that they can do well even without star players in their squad. Many people wandered if Janne Andersson should call the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the World Cup. But the truth is that Sweden look way more balanced and compact without the LA Galaxy striker. And if they gain a positive result from the match against Germany, the manager Janne Andersson will be the big winner in this situation.
For Germany it would be a huge failure to leave the competition in the group stages, but it won’t be something new at the World Cup. If you remember, Italy and Spain did something similar in 2010 and 2014. They were champion of the world, but they didn’t reach the 1/8-finals at the next World Cup. Will this tendency continue with Germany? The result from this match is going to give us some solid answers.
Now the big question is will Joachim Low make some changes in his starting line-up? The whole team dissapointed against Mexico, so players like Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gundogan could get a starting place in the team. The veteran striker Mario Gomez is also ready to enter the pitch, if Timo Werner doesn’t start scoring anytime soon. Although we expect to see Gomez being used mainly as a substitute during the whole World Cup for the Manschaft.
These are our soccer betting tips for today for the World Cup clash between Germany and Mexico in Sochi. Germany will try to save their campaign on Russian soil and remain in the game, while Sweden are aware that they can make a really solid step towards the knockout phase of the competition. It won’t be easy for both teams. We can say that Germany are the team under pressure here, so this gives Sweden some kind of advantage. But in same time if Germany really show what they are capable of, it’s going to be hard for the Swedes.