World champions Germany have won their group at each of the last seven tournaments and look set to make it eight in a row as they aim to become back-to-back winners of the World Cup.
Joachim Low’s men can be backed at just 3/10 (1.30) to top Group F, whilst Mexico are 11/2 (6.50) and Sweden are priced at 13/2 (7.50). The bookmakers have little faith in South Korea, who are 18/1 (19.0) in the same market.
Like Germany, Mexico also have a contextually formidable World Cup record and have reached the Last 16 in each of their last six tournaments – and look good value to do so again here.
In qualifying, Mexico scored 29 and conceded just eight goals as they eased through the North America section, losing just once on the final matchday with top spot already assured.
Sweden, meanwhile, are competing in their first World Cup since 2006 and a lack of experience on the world stage could be their undoing.
Although they did well to deny Italy a place in this competition after beating them across two legs in a play-off, Janne Andersson’s men suffered defeats to both Netherlands and Bulgaria in their qualifying group and look unlikely to trouble the top two in Group F.