Who would’ve thought that after the first round of the World Cup, Sweden would have 3 points and Germany none? But, that’s the current situation in the Group F, after Sweden won against South Korea and Germany lost to Mexico. What this means is that Germany will have to go for a win against Sweden this Saturday evening in Sochi. But, the Swedes have proven they’re great when considered underdogs.
Germany seemed as if they didn’t take the game against Mexico too seriously. Some of their players looked too relaxed even when their team was 1:0 behind. The current world champions mustn’t have such attitude. And they probably won’t against Sweden…
In this match, they need a win in order to stay in the competition for the Round of 16. But, for them it’s not just enough to get to the knockout stage – they need to finish on the top of the group. Why? Because the runner-up from this group takes on the winner of the Group H, which will probably be Brazil.
To avoid such a big challenge in the Round of 16, Germany need to play much better in the remaining two games of the group stage and hope for Mexico to lose at least once. That said, winning all three points against Sweden is a must. The pressure is on them, but Germany have plenty of amazing players in their squad, so their fans feel confident. After all, most of these players were in the team four years ago, when Germany won the World Cup.
With a win over South Korea, Sweden are now at the top of the group table. They plan to stay there but to do that they need to achieve seemingly impossible – beat Germany. Of course, even one point against the world champions would mean a lot to the Swedes. But, the question is do they have the quality to stand up to Germany.
Well, Sweden have already surprised everyone a couple months ago when they beat another big favorite in the World Cup playoffs. This is a team that managed to leave Italy behind after a doubleheader, which finished 1:0 in their favor. If Sweden managed to keep a clean sheet against Italy in two matches, they can keep their net safe in one game against Germany.
Neuer – Boateng, Hummels, Kimmich, Plattenhardt – Kroos, Raus, Muller, Ozil, Draxler – Werner
Olsen – Lindelof, Granqvist, Lustig, Augustinsson – Larsson, Ekdal, Durmaz, Forsberg – Toivonen, Berg
Germany vs. Sweden Match Prediction
Both of these teams are famous for fantastic team spirit, so it’s fair to assume we’re going to see a big battle on the pitch. We’re probably going to see Germany attacking all the time, while all of the Swedes will be on their half. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy for Germany to break the defensive wall of Sweden, but they’re probably going to make it at the end. After all, the individual player quality is on their side.
Germany vs. Sweden Betting Tips
- Germany @1.44 (WilliamHill)