Defending champions German team came to Russia to make a unique history. They wanted to be the third team to win two consecutive World Cups after Italy and Brazil, but now they are in front of repeating Germany’s worst World Cup experience in football history. Germans were dropped from the group stage for the first and the last time in 1938 World Cup. If the Germans, who lost to Mexico in their first match, could not defeat Sweden in today’s do-or-die match, their worst history can be repeated after a long time of 80 years.
The Bavarians have just won a single game in their last 6 international appearances, so it won’t be too easy for them to defeat the on-form Swedish team. In fact, the arsenals of Germans, Ozil-Khedira-Muller was not even close to their standards. That cost the team an unexpected 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their first game.
The whole German team was faded in the first match. But in that case, Mesut Ozil was the most obvious ineffective player for the German media and former players. So in today’s match, maybe he will be replaced by last match’s substitute player Marco Reus from the beginning of the match. And coach Joachim Low has to think twice about defensive midfielder Sami Khedira’s position in the starting XI after his nothing performance in the first match.
In the first match against Mexico, the right-back Joshua Kimmich was the only player among the Germans who can have some credit. Definitely coach Low will be eyeing on him today. But Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt will also have to do something special in the attacking department to save the team from the edge of the pit. At the same time, Thomas Muller must have to come out of the shell, otherwise, it would be too late for the Bavarians.
On the other hand, coach Janne Andersson’s team Sweden is in a relaxed mood after winning against South Korean in their first match. But if they want to confirm their place in the second round today, they need to win over the Germans. A draw will not hurt them either.
And if Mexico defeats South Korea in the first match of the day, then they will the first team from F group to confirm the second round. In that case, the result of Sweden-Germany match will decide who will be led this race of being runners-up from this group.
Now let’s move to the betting odds. Germany is under enormous pressure after their defeat to Mexico, but the defending champions are quite ahead in the betting rates of top betting sites. The estimated rate for this match is 15/2. Not only this, most of the bets are forecasting that Germany will win by 2-1.
It’s totally up to you whose side you will choose. But it is not difficult to predict that after losing in their first match, the wounded tiger Germany will go for everything in this match against Sweden.