During the World Cup’s Group Stage, the field of 32 teams is divided into eight groups. These eight groups, labeled alphabetically A-H, conduct individual round-robin tournaments between the four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the Knockout Stage.
How are World Cup Groups Determined
The groups are formed based on a number of variables including geographical criteria and random draws.
The four teams in each group are assigned a seeding. There are predetermined No. 1 seeds, which include the host country, but the remaining 2-4 seeds are placed into hierarchy by using the FIFA World Rankings and recent World Cup performances.
Each team in every group plays the other three teams once so that there is a total of six matches played in each group. Within the group tournament, teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss.
The top two point-getters from the group advance to the Knockout State of the World Cup. In the event of a tie, there are multiple tiebreakers in place to determine which teams move on to the next round.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group F Odds
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14th, 2018, until July 15th, 2018, so here on GetMoreSports you can check out our betting tips and predictions for all four national soccer teams from the Group F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on June 14th, 2018, when the host nation Russia meets Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, while the best 32 national soccer teams from all over the world will fight for the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Distributed into eight groups with four teams per each group, everyone will play three games during the group phase against the other opponents in their group, while the top two from each group will qualify for the Round of 16 when the knock-out phase starts.
In this preview, we will take a closer look at all four sides in the Group F, and see who are favorites to reach the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, while the bettors can find all odds for group winners and first-round games of the group phase on BetDSI Sportsbook.
Group F Schedule
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FIFA World Cup Group F Odds Predictions
FIFA World Cup Group F Team Previews and Players to Watch
The defending champions are coming to Russia as the second biggest favorites to retain the title, according to all sportsbooks, while the core of the team that won the crown in Brazil four years ago is still gathered. Die Mannschaft has dominated through the qualifying round, recording all ten victories with a goal difference of 43:4, proving they are among the best teams in the world, so the bookmakers set the market on Germany to reach the Semi-Finals in Russia at +100. Interestingly, Germany has managed to reach the Quarter-Finals in 16 straight involvements at the FIFA World Cup.
Germany is a magnificent team without a weak link, as they have at least two world-class players on each position, while they are capable of adapting to any style of play, so they are probably the most difficult team to beat at this moment. The versatile forward Thomas Muller will lead the frontline along with the young lion Timo Werner, while Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil will both orchestrate the play from the midfield. The winger Leroy Sane had a wonderful season with Manchester City, and he could be Germany’s secret weapon at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At the back, the experienced centre-back duo Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will be a defensive rock, whilst the only problem could be a potential absence of the first goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who’s still recovering from injury, as his appearance is still doubtful.
Head Coach: Joachim Low
Players to Watch: Timo Werner, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane
Winner Odds: +450
Group F Odds: -310
Group Qualification Yes/No: -1200/+700
El Tri will participate at the FIFA World Cup for the 16th time in their history, reaching the Quarter-Finals on two occasions when they’ve hosted the tournament, while in the previous six involvements Mexico was beaten in the Round of 16, including a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands four years ago in Brazil. The bookies set the market on Mexico to once again end up their journey in the Round of 16 at +200, while the price on reaching the Quarter-Finals is set at +500.
Mexico is traditionally a hard-working team with a great pace, pressuring their opponents whenever it’s possible, whilst with the ball on their feet they like to play directly using a solid movement between the channels, and they don’t hesitate to push forward in numbers. However, El Tri is a physically limited team and it will be interesting to see how they will cope with physically dominant sides such as Germany and Sweden, while the bettors should keep eyes on Mexico if they like betting on the totals, as we could easily see some goals on their matches.
Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio
Players to Watch: Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado
Winner Odds: +10000
Group F Odds: +500
Group Qualification Yes/No: +110/-138
Sweden hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1958, finishing as runners-up which is their best achievement in eleven appearances on the biggest stage, while on two occasions they’ve earned the third spot. However, Sweden missed the last two tournaments in South Africa and Brazil, and the bookmakers don’t believe they can make a miracle this summer in Russia, but the Blue-Yellow has made a huge upset in the qualifying playoff for the 2018 World Cup beating Italy 1-0 on aggregate.
After Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement in 2016 rarely who expected to see Sweden making it through the qualifying round, but they’ve made it thanks to a reliable defense. There were plenty of rumors about Ibrahimovic’s return to the national squad especially for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but now it is clear he won’t make a comeback which certainly saddens the fans. Marcus Berg and Jimmy Durmaz will lead Sweden’s offensive line along with Emil Forsberg who had a nice season with RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga.
Head Coach: Janne Andersson
Players to Watch: Emil Forsberg, Sebastian Larsson, Jimmy Durmaz
Winner Odds: +15000
Group F Odds: +600
Group Qualification Yes/No: +125/-163
The Asian Tigers have qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the ninth consecutive time which is a quite respectable record, while their best achievement was the fourth place in 2002 when they co-hosted the World Cup tournament. Four years ago in Brazil, South Korea ended the journey at the bottom of the group table with just one point out of three games, so their fans expect a much better performance this time, despite a stiff competition in the Group F.
South Korea prefers a direct-passing style of play, relying on deadly counter-attacks, while without a ball, they always try put a pressure on rival’s players, as the Asian Tigers’ pace is sometimes incredible. Their biggest drawback is certainly a lack of strength, so they often have issues with aerial duels when playing against physically stronger opponents which will be the case in matches against Germany and Sweden. The bookies favor them at -120 to finish last in the Group F, but the bettors should be careful when betting against South Korea, although it would be a surprise if the Asian Tigers manage to qualify for the knock-out phase.
Head Coach: Shin Tae-Yong
Players to Watch: Son Heung-Min, Koo Ja-Cheol, Hwang Hee-Chan
Winner Odds: +75000
Group F Odds: +2000
Group Qualification Yes/No: +250/-350
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