The defending champions Germany will take on Mexico in their opening match at Luzhniki Stadium at 1400 hours local time. Germany would aim to be the third nation to win back to back World Cups and they have enough firepower on their squad to reach there no matter who they face and they would want to kick off their opener against Mexico with a win.

However the Mexicans would want to reach the Round of 16 for the seventh consecutive World cup appearance.

 

 

Betting Odds:

According to bet365 the odds of Germany winning this game is 1/2, odds of drawing this game is 7/2 and the odds of Mexico winning this game is 13/2. Similar odds have been provided by skybet too as their odds for Germany emerging out victorious are 1/2 and probability for a draw is 7/2 and for Mexico to win the odds are 11/2. Betfair odd for Germany is 40/85, for Mexico is 13/2 and the odds of this match ending in a draw are 18/5.

 

Team News:

Mesut Ozil is doubtful to start but the likes of Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller are expected to start in the midfield. Manuel Neuer will lead the German side on the field and is also expected to start in the goal over Ter Stegen.

Andres Guardado will captain the Mexican side and Chicharito is expected to start the game on the bench.

 

Recent Form:

Mexico:  W W L D W L

Germany:  D D D L L W

 

Predictions:

Germany is most likely to come out on top after this game.

 

Man Of The Match:

If Germany has to win then it would fall on Toni Kroos and if Mexico wins, it will be Giovani Dos Santos.