2018 World Cup Betting Preview & Prediction: Group F
Check the football news feed today and you will see that things can change quickly with just 2 weeks to go before the start of the World Cup. Word is that Mo Salah will be available to play for Egypt for at least some of the group stage, while Paolo Guerrero will have his ban frozen so that he can play for Peru, increasing their 2018 World Cup betting odds value considerably.
This is great news for both nations, with both player’s important parts of each of those squads. Look back at our group previews at MyBookie Sportsbook to see how this news may affect our predicted order of finish. Today, we are moving on to Group F, which contains the following teams.
- South Korea
Let’s take a closer look at all 4 of the teams that make up Group F.
2018 World Cup Group F Betting Preview & Prediction
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Group F Schedule
- Germany vs. Mexico
- Sweden vs. Korea Republic
- Korea Republic vs. Mexico
- Germany vs. Sweden
- Korea Republic vs. Germany
- Mexico vs. Sweden
The defending world champions are once again among the favorites to win the World Cup this time around. This is arguably the deepest, strongest squad heading to Russia, and they have proven more than once that they can all come together and win.
Their last appearance in a major competition came last summer in Russia at the Confederations Cup, essentially fielding their B team in that event. This team is stacked and are the obvious favorites to come out of what could be a very tricky group. Germany is always efficient and all business, so look for them to book their passage to the knockout stage ASAP.
This coming Saturday will be a pivotal day for the Mexican squad, as their coach has made it clear that any player not fit enough to take the field versus Scotland in their friendly game will not be in the final squad heading to Russia.
The biggest names on the potential omission list are the dos Santos brothers, both of whom ply their trade with the LA Galaxy in the MLS. Even without them, this is a squad that is good enough to get out of this group, although Mexico has made a habit of not getting beyond the Round of 16.
For a moment, there was talk that Zlatan Ibrahimovic may return to the national team for the World Cup, but that rumor has now been put to rest. Sweden stunned Holland in the qualifying round, finishing ahead of them to get into a playoff game against Italy, where they were heavy underdogs.
They blanked the Italians over the home and home playoff, earning a spot in Russia despite not really having a legitimate star in the squad. This is a team that is solid defensively and really well organized, but going beyond this stage looks like a big ask.
South Korea +1300
South Korea benefitted from a very week qualifying group in their road to Russia, as they failed to register a win on the road on their journey. They will head to the World Cup with a new coach, and it is fair to suggest that they have looked much better since Shin Tae-Yong took over.
The Koreans will rely heavily on a blistering counter-attacking game. This is a team blessed with some real offensive speed, as well as a legitimate goal scorer in Son Heung-Min. They might just have enough to upset the 2018 World Cup betting odds to win Group F.
2018 World Cup Betting Prediction for Group F
- South Korea