Group F Preview
This group has perhaps the best team from three different continents in it. Asia? Check. North America? Check. Europe? Check. While South Korea will heavily on Son Heung-Min, Germany will have multiple options at every single position. Mexico has advanced to the knockout stage in the last six World Cups, but have yet to win a game during that stretch. Finally, we have Sweden, who managed to qualify for this World Cup despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing his international retirement after the 2016 Euros.
Matches and dates (East coast time):
Germany vs Mexico, June 17th at 11 a.m.
Sweden vs South Korea, June 18th at 8 a.m.
South Korea vs Mexico, June 23rd at 11 a.m.
Germany vs Sweden, June 23th at 2 p.m.
Mexico vs Sweden, June 27th at 10 am.
South Korea vs Germany, June 27th at 10 a.m.
Germany 9 points
Mexico 4 points
South Korea 2 points
Sweden 1 point
Key match: Mexico vs Sweden
Similar to other groups, I expect a place in the round of 16 to be on the line here. While South Korea will be ahead of both teams by a point, I can’t see them beating German team with some of their reserves starting. So that will mean that a win by either team will move them up the second in the group. After a disappointing tie against South Korea, Mexico will come out with a vengeance and go to yet another round of 16.
Germany’s B team could probably win this group. This isn’t a shot at the other teams in this group. That’s just how good this German team is. And the other team that should make it out of this group is Mexico. South Korea might have the best player between the other three teams, but they don’t have much that scares you. And while I believe Sweden ultimately is better with Ibrahimovic, they still are a notch below Mexico and will just miss out on qualifying.