Germany vs Mexico kicks off at 6PM
WC 2018: The German Machine begins title defense against Mexico
By Jeff Kinyanjui | Sun 17 Jun, 2018 13:30

Defending World Cup champions Germany will open its 2018 campaign with a match against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia. Prior to this meeting, the two teams have met 11 times with Germany winning 6, 4 ended in draws while Mexico has won just once. Die Mannschaft sailed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup, beating Mexico in the semi. Mexico also did well in the qualifiers – losing just once in 16 games, the defeat coming after their passage to Russia had already been confirmed.

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What they say

"We are focused, and the mood is good. We can hardly wait for the 2018 World Cup to begin for us!" - Germany midfield Julian Draxler 

I believe in my players and we can compete for possession with the quality of players we have in midfield. We have great opportunities and we want to start positively. - Mexico Manager, Juan Carlos Osorio

Players to watch 

Germany is full of exciting talent. Timo Werner, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, and Joshua Kimmich will be key for them this evening. Mexico might not have names quite as big as the Germans, but they are certainly full to the brim with talent. Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Jesus Corona, Hirving Lozano, Andres Guardado, and the dos Santos brothers are a balanced mix of both youth and experience.

My Prediction

Germany to win 3-0

Jeff Kinyanjui

Twitter: @Nyash88

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