World Cup Preview – Group F | South Korea v Germany – Mexico v Sweden

Group F comes into its final set of games without a team eliminated.

Mexico sit on top of the group with six points and only need a draw against Sweden to qualify, but defeat to the Swedes could mean they go out, if Germany beat South Korea.

South Korea, who are without a point – could yet make it through if they win by enough against the Germans, and Mexico defeat Sweden.

There is also an unusual possibility that if Korea beat Germany 1-0, and Mexico beat Sweden 1-0, the rules state that Swedes and Germans can only be separated by their disciplinary records – not by the fact that Germany previously beat Sweden.

Despite only needing a draw, Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio says they are looking for nothing but three points against Sweden.

“We’re going to go out there to try and secure the three points,” he told reporters when asked about Mexico’s front-runner advantage.

“That might be a factor but it’s not the most important thing. That will not have an impact on our style of play and our strategy.”

Sweden’s Janne Andersson insists his side have what it takes to get through, saying: “We need to keep our cool. There is a lot of energy and emotions but we want to be positive and concentrate on the right stuff.

“We have everything to gain. Mentally we are very, very strong. We believe in what we do.”

German boss Joachim Low is happy that his side have their own destiny in their own hands.

“We need to have clarity in our own result. We know what we need to do and we’ll look at our own performance, we will try and be the masters of our own destiny,” he said.

Korea boss Shin Tae-yong is hoping his side can pull of a minor miracle.

“To be honest, Germany are a lot stronger than us and it won’t be easy,” he said. “But the ball is round, anything can happen, and I believe there will be chances for us. Mexico beat Germany in their match so there is hope for us. Although it’s likely that Germany will have more possession, we will do our best.”

See below for a preview on the games, including predictions from former England and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

South Korea 15:00 Germany
Kazan Arena, Kazan
Live on BBC

Korea Republic: Jo Hyeonwoo; Lee Yong, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Hong Chul; Hwang Heechan, Koo Jacheol, Jeong Wooyoung, Lee Seungwoo; Lee Jaesung, Son Heungmin

Germany: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector – Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner; Mario Gomez.

KEY FACT: Germany have never failed to progress from the opening group stage at a World Cup
Match odds from bet365: SOUTH KOREA 14/1 DRAW 6/1 GERMANY 2/9
bet365 Pick: Germany to win and under 3.5 goals @11/10
ANDY SAYS: Germany are going to win this, I don’t see too many issues at all here….0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Korea have been poor, and I don’t see them improving here, Germany win…0-3
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Toni Kroos – was brilliant against Sweden, could get even better

Mexico 15:00 Sweden
Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg
Live on BBC

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Jesus Gallardo; Miguel Layun, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano.

Sweden: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen.

KEY FACT: Sweden’s defeat to Germany was their first in the group stage of the World Cup since 1990
Match odds from bet365: MEXICO 7/5 DRAW 23/10 SWEDEN 9/4
bet365 Pick: Mexico to win @7/5
ANDY SAYS: I think Sweden win this for me, they were unlucky against Germany…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: I can see this playing out as a draw, think it will be close…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Emil Forsberg – has looked good so far in Russia, very much one to watch

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