Germany have salsa danced with Brazil at the head of the World Cup 2018 outright winner betting market for a number of weeks, and while the Brazilians have now asserted their authority in the minds of punters, you’d be foolish to write off the four-time champions. They have a tricky opener on Sunday, however, and here’s our Germany vs Mexico betting tips to whet the appetite.
If you want consistency, look no further than Mexico. They’ve been knocked out at the last 16 stage of the last seven consecutive World Cups!
That shows their abilities on the big stage, and while they do benefit from qualifying from the easy Central American section, the quality of this Mexican squad speaks for itself.
But playing Germany on European soil is an altogether tougher assignment. While defending champions don’t have the best of records in World Cups historically, they will be desperate to make up for a disappointing showing at Euro 2016 by going deep in Russia.
The stage is set rather nicely for Sunday’s game Moscow then, but do our Germany vs Mexico betting tips suggest that backing the world champions is the smart play?
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Germany vs Mexico Betting Tips
Why are Germany so good in major tournaments? It’s a good question that has been debated for decades, but really the two most pertinent pointers are also the most obvious:
- Their players are all outstanding, and play at a high level for their clubs
- Their mental state is so good
And so they can typically overcome adversity both off-the-field and on-the-pitch during matches, which is why we’re not concerned about their friendly defeat to Austria the other day.
Instead, lets focus on their record in competitive World Cup, Confederations Cup and qualification matches: W14 D1 L0 since losing in the last four of Euro 2016.
Are they perfect? No. But with Manuel Neuer back in goal after his injury hell, a solid back four and a midfield quintet that’s the envy of the world in Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Marco Reus and Thomas Muller, they’re not far from it.
And now, in Timo Werner, they appear to have a genuine striker to fill the boots of Miroslav Klose.
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We can almost ignore Mexico’s qualification campaign: games against Trinidad & Tobago and Panama teach us very little.
Their warm-up matches have been less than instructive too: they’ve scored just once in 270 minutes of football against Denmark, Wales and Scotland.
We’re going to go out on a limb and suggest the Mexicans are better than that run sounds. They are solid enough defensively, and from an attacking perspective they have plenty of players who can make mischief.
Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos may be over in the MLS now but they are both still quality operators, and frontman Javier ‘Little Pea’ Hernandez will battle it out with Raul Jimenez, who has recently joined Wolves from Benfica, to lead the line.
Ably backed by Juan Cuadrado, one of their starlets who really catches the eye is Hirving Lozano, the PSV winger who could light up this world stage.
Mexico will make life very difficult for Germany then, but you’d expect the world champions’ class to eventually prove telling. At odds of 1/2 (1.50), they are a must back.
We’ve got a feeling there could be goals in this one. Germany’s front five is mouthwatering, and while they don’t concede many we do like this Mexico frontline, as mentioned elsewhere in our Germany vs Mexico betting tips.
As such, Over 2.5 Goals at 8/11 (1.72) with William Hill is a bet very much worth taking.