We are down to the last 3 groups now!
Group F contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
This group has some good value – one small example being Mexico to qualify @ 1/1!
Anyway – here’s my gambit on Group F:
Streets ahead of the rest – and likely to go far in this tournament.
Looking at their squad, they finally have what they’ve been missing for years – a quick striker with clinical finishing. Timo Werner – the 22 year old Leipzig forward has 42 in 77 since moving and being converted into a striker, and with Marco Reus converted into a Central Attacking Midfielder, you feel they will be more deadly than ever.
On the subject of the Dortmund man, Reus is finally at a major competition – having missed out on pretty much all of the ones he’s been available for because of horrendous injury luck.
I like this German side – they contain all the ingredients needed to win. Joshua Kimmich is their new Philip Lahm, capable of playing at full-back or midfield. Their only weakness could be Manuel Neuer – he’s just returned from a foot injury that has kept him out since September. But, if he isn’t ready – Marc Andre Ter-Stegen will step in, with the Barca keeper having a good season in Spain.
People underrate Mexico, but if you look back – they always get out of the groups. They are the Arsenal of the World Cup – always get out of the Group, but it’s been years since they got past the round of 16 – they’ve lost in it in the past 6 World Cup’s!
Looking at their squad – solid at the back, creative in midfield and they have goalscorers up-front. Hirving Lozano just had a cracking season in Holland, while Miguel Layun is doing extremely well for himself at Sevilla.
Midfield is where they excel – Lozano, Dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Marco Fabian, Andres Guardado and Rafa Marquez – a nice blend of offence and defence. Add in Carlos Vela, who has found form since going to America, Javi Aquino and the finishers that are Raul Jimenez, Chicarito Hernandez and Oribe Peralta – you have a cracking first 11!
I fancy them to get past the groups as usual, and unless they stun Germany, they will face Brazil and that will be that, again unless there is a miracle. Need to find their shooting boots though, can be a little toothless at times.
Well drilled, and much better off without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
With the iconic forward as part of the team, they play to his strengths – but not to the rest of their strengths. Emil Forsburg is a leading star, but on the whole the team has no star players, but a strong work-ethic and solid defence.
Isaac Thelin is a young star who could have an impact, possibly off the bench – as the likes of John Guidetti and Marcus Berg are further up the pecking order.
Their battle with Mexico should decide who qualifies – but my money is on Mexico.
A team who limped through a weak qualifying group – South Korea are a team I feel will get a hammering from Germany. VERY ropey at the back, with a coach who isn’t sure what system to play.
Most of the team play at a pretty poor level, and although they have Spurs’ Son – he is pretty much their only player of note who can do anything.
They most probably will finish rock bottom and I doubt they will get more than a draw in the three games.
Group Forecast – 1: Germany / 2: Mexico @ 2/1
Excellent Value: Mexico Qualify @ 1/1
High Value: Germany 9 Points @ 9/5
Banker: Mexico Over 3.5 Points @ 4/6