Germany vs Sweden
2nd round in group F and a match between Germany and Sweden.
After the shocking loss against Mexico, Germany are required to win this match against Sweden and then against South Korea to have big chances to progress, although there is still a possibility to be out with 6 points if somehow Germany, Sweden and Mexico finish with 6 points all and Germany are with the weakest goal difference. What's the good news here is that everything is still in their hands and now they will face an opponent they know perfectly well, this time without Ibrahimovic in the squad. Their results before the start of the WC were not the best one with a lot of draws and only one win against Saudi Arabia. Loew is a clever coach and he will make the needed changes. They told a few times they have long conversations in the team after the loss against Mexico and today I expect totally different performance against Sweden! Fingers crossed Ozil to be on the bench and maybe Reus to start in his place. Loew is the one who knows what's the best for the team. Now the 3 points are vital, because any fail here together with Mexican win over South Korea will mean that Mexico can draw in the last match against Sweden and Germany will be out for sure, no matter of the result against the Koreans.
Sweden were not convenient against South Korea and won the match after penalty kick scored by Granqvist. After the goal in the 65th minute they stepped back and Koreans were close to equalize in the extra time, but header by Hwang went wide of the post. Swedish results before the WC were also not the best one with a lot of draws against Peru, Denmark, Estonia and a few losses against Romania and Chile. They have really tough time after the end of Ibrahimovic's era in the starting line up. No doubt he was such an important player for the team and now they have to rely on Berg and Toivonen as forwards, which is not very trustable duo for me.
Germany don't have the right to drop points in the group in the next two matches if they want to progress. Elimination in the group stages would be even more than disaster for their national team and the whole Germany. Really don't think it will happen. Trust them to win here, because when Germany are required to win, they just do it!
Germany vs Sweden prediction
|Germany||Bet365||1.50||10||2-1 WON (+5 units)|