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Prediction: Germany vs Sweden

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Germany win

Best odds: 8/15

Bookmakers: Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral

Germany take on Sweden on Saturday evening in group F’s second round, after contrasting results in their respective openers.

Germany

The 2014 World Cup winners ended up thoroughly disappointed as they opened their title-defending campaign with a shocking defeat to Mexico. Not many believed it could happen beforehand, but anyone who has seen the game knows it was no coincidence. The Mexicans took advantage of any crack in Germany’s setup they could find to hit them hard with their fast and direct play with Hirving Lozano settling the game after 35 minutes.

They will now be keen to set the record straight by booking their first win in the tournament.

The Team

It’s not easy to predict how Joachim Löw will line his men up. Julian Draxler and Thomas Müller were preferred on the wings to the likes of Marco Reus and Julian Brandt in the opener, and with such an approach proving ineffective it prompted changes later in the game, not only in personnel but in system as well. He may stick to his original philosophy like most coaches do at this point, or he may choose to spin things around in search of a better way to cause damage up front, which in this moment seems like the more likely option.

Sweden

The Swedes were easily the better team in their opener against South Korea and they deservedly booked three points in that game after Andreas Granqvist converted from the spot to settle the game. They will be buoyed by the early success, but they will also realize that facing Germany is quite a different prospect, without any disrespect towards the Korean team.

A point in this game would be an excellent result for them, but it remains to be seen whether they have what it takes to stop the fully motivated champions of the world.

The Team

Unlike Löw, Anderson Janne in the Sweden dugout shouldn’t have much cause to change anything despite the opposition being far more formidable. We may well see the same line-up arranged in the same way as in the first game, apart from Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof, who missed the opener through illness, possibly replacing Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson.

Interesting Facts

  • The win against South Korea was Sweden’s first successful World Cup opener since they hosted the tournament in 1958.
  • RB Leipzig teammates Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg are set to stand against each other.
  • The two teams met 36 times so far, with Germany winning 15, Sweden 13, and the remaining eight games ending all square.

Prediction: Germany win

Best odds: 8/15

Bookmakers: Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral

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