Germany vs Sweden Betting Tip
Germany vs Sweden | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Germany are one of the most successful nations in the history of the World Cup. They are the defending champions, having defeated Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final and have won the tournament a total of four times. They are always regarded as one of the favourites. Sweden cannot come close to the success of Germany at the World Cup and this is their first appearance at the tournament since 2006. The Swedes have previously reached the semi-final four times, with the latest coming in 1994 and it would be a major achievement if they were to make it five in Russia.
Germany have a squad packed full of talent and they will need to perform as a win is crucial for their chances of progression at the 2018 World Cup. Having left players including Leroy Sane and Sandro Wagner out of the squad, the pressure is on for Joachim Low to back up his squad selection with a win. Sweden know a win in this game would place them in a tremendous position to qualify for the Round of 16. They are a team who know how to defend and will base their game on keeping out the German attack while hoping to create a couple of chances themselves at the other end of the pitch.
The first match of the tournament against Mexico ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat. Many onlookers were shocked by how easily Mexico broke through the German defence and the predictable nature of their attack. It remains to be seen if Low will make changes to his system and personnel but Germany cannot afford another slip-up in this game.
Sweden picked up a crucial win in their first match against South Korea. It was always going to be a tight game but Sweden rely on their defence to give them a platform in matches and will not change that philosophy for this game. Expect Sweden to defend deep and frustrate Germany knowing a point would be a great result.
Germany vs Sweden Head to Head
With both teams based in Europe, Germany and Sweden have met many times. Germany have won 15 times, with Sweden coming out on top 13 times, with 8 draws. Germany have held the upper hand in recent matches, winning 5 and drawing twice.
Odds and Predictions
Despite losing their first match against Mexico, Germany remain one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. They are considered the stronger team in this match and as the favourites are available 1.44 to win. Sweden are the outsiders, priced at 8.50 and the draw is on offer at 4.75. Germany did not create enough good chances to score against Mexico and could find the Swedish defence equally as tough to break down. If Germany are to win, it could be by a narrow margin, with few goals and a Germany win and under 2.5 goals is 3.40. Thomas Muller is the top goal scorer in the German squad and can be backed at 5.00 to score the first goal of the game. Andreas Granqvist takes penalties and is always a danger from set-pieces. The Swedish defender is 9.00 to score at any time
Germany vs Sweden Top Betting Tip: Germany win (1-0)
Germany must win this game if they are to have any chance of topping the group. However, it will not be easy against a team who have already picked up 3 points and defeated Italy 1-0 over two legs to reach the tournament. Germany have the quality to come out on top but it could be very close.