World Cup team preview – Germany
Germany are undoubtedly one of the favourites for this Summer’s World Cup, having won the last tournament in 2014. Two years later they got knocked out in the semi-final of Euro 2016 by host France which is one of those things only a team like Germany could consider as underperforming. They “bounced back” from that by picking up the pace with another trophy in last year’s Confederations Cup, now looking younger and ready to battle until the end in Moscow this summer.
Low’s side won the Confederations Cup last summer regardless of keeping a substantial portion of their main men at home and giving a chance to a team full of youngsters and slightly more experienced players also getting their initial international caps. This amount of depth and quality should provide us with an idea of just how powerful they are as a nation and how much they can do with a mixture of this younger generation with their elite level talent.
The Germans were drawn into Group F alongside Mexico, South Korea and Sweden. Three national teams of similar level that will be competing in almost a free-for-all for the second spot, given that they are considerably worse than the last World Cup winners. That said, I wouldn’t put any of these teams anywhere near the section of worse in the tournament and, while I expect Germany to overcome them, I know they won’t make it easy for them. After all, Sweden did knock out Italy in the play-off with a solid defensive performance, while Mexico had the best defensive record in “the Hex” – the last stage of the qualifying process in North America.
Going through first means the 2nd team from Brazil’s group – Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica all plausible options, teams of similar quality to what Low’s side will have faced in the tournament until that point. In the quarterfinals, it’ll be the leader of group H or the 2nd placed team from G – whether this ends up being Poland, Colombia, England or even Belgium, it’ll be a step up in difficulty but possible one for Germany to overcome. And here we get to the semi-finals, which is where I’d advise you to start looking at Stage-of-Elimination bets.
At this point, the prominent candidates to face Die Mannschaft are one of Spain or Argentina. I genuinely believe they’ll get to this point, but from here onwards, anything can happen. Personally, I think they’ll edge it to the final, where they’ll finish runners-up
When it comes to the goalscorers, Germany is an exciting side. Like I previously mentioned, I’m not sure they’ll be able to trash their Group Stage opposition, but with such a substantial chance for a run of wins in the tournament, goals are bound to happen. As an offensive unit with quality spread out across the pitch, their goals tend to be pretty well spread out across the players.
Their seven goals at Euro 2016 were scored by six different players, while if we look even further back to the 2014 World Cup, they scored 18 times by eight different players. The forward players are still bound to edge it but if you feel like tossing a small bet on a midfielder who is good from outside the box and at arriving in the said area – like Gundogan and Goretzka – I wouldn’t blame you.
With all-time World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose retired, it’ll be up to the trio of Muller, Werner and Leroy Sané to get the ball in the back of the net. Muller was the last World Cup’s 2nd top scorer and is always a safe bet just due to how often he finds space for himself in the box. But he isn’t coming off two particularly strong goalscoring seasons with 6 and 5 Bundesliga goals in the last two seasons respectively.
Werner, on the other hand, has 31 Bundesliga goals since the start of 16/17 and brought a new face to the Mannschaft offence with three goals in the Confederations Cup last summer. With the odds for him to finish as the team’s top scorer at 4.5, I think he is worth a look as he’ll be spearheading the attack for this title candidate.
Germany to finish runners-up at 6.5 with Bet365
Timo Werner Germany’s Top Goalscorer at 4.5 with BetVictor