Germany will begin their title defence against Mexico on Sunday, and history is firmly on their side.
Joachim Low's men go into the encounter as strong favourites given their dominance over Mexico in the past.
The two nations have met 11 times since December 1968, with the Germans winning a whopping six to Mexico's just one, while the other four matches ended in draws.
It is also worth noting that the Mexicans haven't beaten Germany in over three decades, with their last and only win over the world champions coming in June 1985.
Germany have scored a combined 10 goals against Mexico in the two teams' last three matches.
Low's team has been boosted by the return to fitness of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who missed Germany's final warm-up match against Saudi Arabia due to injury.
But it is on the left hand side of the midfield where Low and his technical team are facing a dilemma to choose between two equally good players in Julian Draxler or Marco Reus.
Thomas Muller's presence will be crucial for the Germans going into this clash. The Bayern Munich man boasts 10 goals in his two previous tournaments for Die Mannschaft.
Mexico's preparations for the global showpiece were hampered by injuries as Nestor Araujo had to be left out of the squad due to a knee injury. Diego Reyes withdrew from the squad on Wednesday with a hamstring injury, and he was subsequently replaced by Erick Gutierrez.
Coach Juan Carlos Osorio will pin his hopes on the 13 players who have amassed over 50 international caps for Mexico.
Javier Hernandez is their all-time top goalscorer with 49 strikes to his name, and Germany will need a better game plan to stop him from finding the back of the net.
If Low is to become the first manager to win back-to-back titles, then he will need to send a strong message to the rest of the teams in their group.
What's worrying though is his team's record since qualifying for the tournament. Germany have won just one of their six international matches - they have lost two and drawn the other three matches.
Mexico have not lost their opening match at a global showpiece since their 1-0 loss to Norway in 1994. They have won four and drawn just one since then.