We proceed our 2018 World Cup group previews with Group F today, the place Germany begins its title protection in a troublesome group that options big slayers Sweden and Mexico, which all the time appears to return out of the group stage with success solely to falter on the subsequent step.
Earlier [autotag]2018 World Cup[/autotag] Group Breakdowns:
Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
It’s Toni Kroos’ time. The star midfielder and orchestrator for Actual Madrid ought to be the centerpiece of the German assault as they attempt to defend their title. Kroos has developed into among the best all-round gamers within the recreation and is on the coronary heart of Actual Madrid’s assault. He ought to quickly be within the dialog for top-of-the-line footballers within the phrase (a place which appears to have been held in perpetuity by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi).
World Cup Finals Appearances: 18
Greatest Finishes: Champions in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
FIFA World Rank: 1
Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: 15
Greatest End: Quarterfinals in 1970 and 1986 (each performed in Mexico)
FIFA World Rank: 15
Optimism is excessive for El Tri, as they attempt to advance previous the Spherical of sixteen for the primary time since 1986, after six straight knockout spherical defeats. The group, although, presents a tough street to get to the subsequent spherical, as Sweden and South Korea are each able to development, and Germany has not did not advance in any World Cup with a gaggle stage. Getting Germany within the opener means a troublesome begin and a attainable uphill climb to advance during the last two matches.
For the primary time, a majority of Mexican gamers within the World Cup play professionally outdoors Mexico. Javier Hernandez (Chicarito) paces the assault, together with different veterans Andres Guardado, Giovani Dos Santos, and Carlos Vela. Rafa Marquez, at age 39, is again on the roster for one final time on protection. Guillermo Ochoa, who was unbelievable within the final World Cup, will probably be again in aim.
Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: eleven
Greatest End: Finalists in 1958, Semifinalists in 1938, 1950, and 1994
FIFA World Rank: 23
Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: 9
Greatest Finishes: Semifinalists in 2002
FIFA World Rank: sixty one
South Korea has now superior to their ninth straight World Cup Finals look, final lacking in 1982. The best success got here on house soil once they surprised Spain and Italy on the best way to the semifinals earlier than dropping to Germany. The one different time they superior out of the group stage was 2010, and they are going to be determined underdogs in popping out of this group.
The workforce might be led by captain Ki Sung-yueng (of Swansea) and ahead Solar Heung-min of Tottenham. They have been underwhelming in World Cup qualifying, popping out of the better of the 2 Asian teams, and ending 2nd behind Iran by 9 factors. The Taegeuk Warriors may have tempo and a few attacking means up entrance and may be harmful in area; the questions will come on the again finish and defending towards opponent set items.
June 17: Germany vs. Mexico (Moscow), eleven a.m. ET/eight a.m. PT
June 18: Sweden vs. South Korea (Nizhny Novgorod), eight a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT
June 23: Mexico vs. South Korea (Rostov-on-Don), eleven a.m. ET/eight a.m. PT
June 23: Germany vs. Sweden (Sochi), 2 p.m. ET/eleven a.m. PT
June 27: Germany vs. South Korea (Kazan), 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT
June 27: Mexico vs. Sweden (Yekaterinburg), 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT
ALL ODDS TO WIN GROUP VIA ODDSCHECKER (PERCENTAGE CHANCE TO ADVANCE IN PARENTHESES)
GERMANY four/9 (ninety one%)
MEXICO thirteen/2 (forty eight%)
SWEDEN forty two/5 (forty three%)
SOUTH KOREA 20/1 (18%)