World Cup Group F: Champion Germans Stand Apart

Monday, May 14, 2018 12:07 PM UTC

Monday, May. 14, 2018 12:07 PM UTC

Germany is the clear favorite in Group F for the 2018 World Cup, but what will make this exciting is the battle for second place between Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Skybook Odds to Advance from Group F
  • Germany -1200
  • Mexico +110
  • Sweden +135
  • South Korea +250

While the Germans will almost certainly finish first here, there will be some interesting battles between the other three teams to claim the 2nd-place passage to the knockout stage. Mexico and Sweden are the two top contenders for the spot, and we can expect a tough battle between these two sides that are eager to advance and prove their worth to the world. South Korea is the underdog out of the four, but they have been known to pull surprises on the world stage. For World Cup odds and up-to-date lines on all group F matches, be sure to check out SBR's top-rated sportsbooks.

One of the exciting things about this group is the way that the games are scheduled; Mexico and Sweden don't play until the last date of the group stage, so all the games leading up to that showdown will be important for both clubs. Germany should dominate both of these squads, so their matches with South Korea will be what is important. A blowout by either team could decide the fate of the group by goal differential. Fortunately, we have a recent example of how Mexico and Germany match up, as they played each other in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup last year. Germany won that game easily, 4-1. German manager Joachim Low was using mostly subs, however, so with a full, healthy squad, the result could have been even worse for Mexico. According to the lines at, the Germans are favorites by a wide margin

Mexico's result against the Germans in the Confederations Cup is very indicative of their chances to make it out of this group. While they do have a potent offense lead by Javier Hernandez and youngster Hirving Lozano, they are weak on defense and have suffered some astounding losses in important games, such as a 7-0 blowout in the Copa America Centenario in 2016.

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The final #GreatestTeams vote of the day…

Diego Maradona's 🇦🇷@Argentina of 1986?
Or Davor Suker's 🇭🇷@HNS_CFF of 1998?

Which team goes through? You decide!#WorldCup

— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) May 14, 2018

Sweden, on the other hand, knows a thing or two about upsets. They took out Italy in the qualifying rounds, sneaking into a World Cup berth. They also beat France during qualifying and was undefeated at home. For a while there was question as to whether or not 36-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic was going to participate in the World Cup, but that issue has been put to bed ever since he announced in late April that he would not participate. His absence allows them to play more as a team, which they are very adept at doing. While not boasting a single superstar, Sweden is nonetheless strong all up and down the field, and their manager Janne Andersson is a stickler for organized play, which could undo the Mexicans.

South Korea will be forced to play the role of underdog/upsetter in this group, and they are up against a lot. While they are chronic overachievers on the world stage, they have not performed up to fans' expectations in the last few years. They were a flop in the last World Cup, and stumbled through qualifying for Russia 2018. Star forward Son Heung-min will be key to any success that they may have, and recently appointed coach Shin Tae-yong has been trying different combinations to try to get the most out of him.

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