Germany, the returning champ, is considered to be one of the top contenders in this tournament. The other huge game today has Brazil, which is a slight favorite over the DFB Eleven to win at all, playing Switzerland at 2:00 p.m. E.T. Those teams, who are playing their first game in the 2018 World Cup, are in Group E.
Players to Watch
Die Mannschaft certainly comes to the pitch today with solid scoring power. We also expect them to be cautiously optimistic. After all, they did have a perfect qualifying record. But, at the same time, since qualifying they have won just a single game over the course of six friendlies. That was a 2-1 win versus Saudi Arabia. El Tri has reached the round of 16 at each of the last six World Cups. They have a fairly speedy squad that could help them off the break against this German team.
Speaking of Werner, look for him to be this team’s primary striker. Many expect him to be a major contributor in this game. He could be a Golden Boot contender in this tournament.
Striker Javier Hernandez, who has 49 goals for Mexico, which is more than any other player on the team, is smart and speedy. He should have some quality chances today.
What We Expect
Coach Joachim Loew needs to make sure that his team is ready to go. We think they will be despite their recent performances in preliminary friendlies. Germany should come out quickly and press hard. They will want to score early. Werner and Muller will keep Mexico on its toes and possibly back on their heels.
Mexico’s coach Juan Carlos Osorio has to motivate his team to attack more aggressively and to score. If they can be quick off the break and create some opportunistic chances, they could give Germany a game. However, this is a team that has had a tough time scoring over the last half-dozen games or so. How is Osorio going to have his team play this match? He’s said and revealed little, as he most likely wants the advantage of surprise in this game.
Our Germany Plays Mexico 2018 World Cup Pick
Mexico has not lost in its last five World Cup opening games. Its last defeat was 1-0 by Norway in 1994. However, among the eight teams that have qualified for the World Cup at least 14 times, El Tri is the only one that has yet to win the whole thing. They have struggled to get past the second round.
Mexico has only won one of its 11 games against Germany. That was in June 1985 in Mexico City. Germany destroyed this team in last year’s Confederations Cup 4-1. In three World Cup matches against Mexico, the Germans are 2-0-1. DFB Eleven has made it to at least the semi-finals in the World Cup each of the last four times.
Our Germany plays Mexico 2018 World Cup pick is Die Mannschaft at -1.25 (-111). We also like over 2.5 at -111