Germany’s World Cup title defence didn’t start anywhere close to what they might have expected. They lost their first match against Mexico and their team lacked passion like the Mexicans. It is the sixth time when the reigning champions lost their first match in the next World Cup.
Germany will surely look to bounce back from their 1-0 loss against Mexico. Die Mannschaft were not at their usual best against Mexico and faced problems at the back and any real threat in front of the goal. On Saturday, Germans will not only look to get a win but get their rhythm and confidence back. So it will surely be a spirited performance from the champions.
Germany’s defence was not at its usual best and they were vulnerable to electrical Mexican counter attacks. If Mexican were a little more precise in front of the goal, Germany might have suffered a bigger loss. Toni Kroos was very effectively cut off by players always marking him and cutting down his passing options. Ozil and Khedira were also not up to the mark and playing Muller on the flanks instead of upfront didn’t work either.
Sweden was really impressive in their game against South Korea but they have a big challenge in front of them. Germans will come into the game with all guns blazing and big points to prove. Sweden will have to restrict the passing lanes for Kroos to exploit. He is one of the best players for Germany and every attacking move goes through him.
Swedes have a good outing against South Korea with everyone having a very good game. Andreas Granqvist led his team from the front and had a brilliant game and also scored the winner in the 65th minute from the spot after Claesson was brought down inside the box.
Sweden’s defence was rock solid against South Korea and they will need to replicate the same performance or maybe even better to keep Muller, Reus, Werner, Ozil and Kroos in check. Sweden is most likely to enter the game with the same squad.
Sweden Predicted XI
Olsen, Lustig, Jansson, Granqvist(C), Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen
Germany’s main strength is their squad depth but it’s unlikely that Joachim Low will make any changes apart from starting Gundogan in place of off-color Sami Khedira.
Germany Predicted XI:
Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector, Kroos, Gündogan, Müller, Özil, Draxler, Werner
With the way this World Cup is turning out, predicting any match result is going to be hard. But after the teams already had a backlash with unexpected results, they are going to be cautious and play up to their strength. Germany will look to get back to usual with a strong midfield strength and direct game.
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Germany 3-1 Sweden
Germany to win at 2/5.
Draw at 18/5.
Sweden to win at 36/5.
Odds at Mr. Green and LeoVegas
Germany to win at 7/17.
Draw at 18/5.
Sweden to win at 13/2.
Over 2.5 match goals 9/10.
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