Germany vs Mexico : Germany will have to struggle to beat Mexico in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday 29th June for them to get a chance to meet either Chile or Portugal in 2017’s championship fixture.
The two progressed into the semis after Germany finished first in Group B after a whooping 3–1 win over Cameroon and Mexico managed to achieve second place in Team A after obtaining at least two wins out of three, after thrashing New Zealand 2–1, same to Russia. Both football giants are hopeful to retain their clean records and meet the world champions in the finals, but only one of them is bound to do so.
Germany and Mexico locked horns on 10 different occasions in the past, the last match being 12 years ago in the same competition, which ended in a 3-3 draw at 90minutes but Michel Ballack’s extra-time goal set the win for Germany.
Here is how you can catch the big match:
The midweek clash will take place at The Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, June 29th as from 7:00pm British Summer Time or 02:00pm Eastern Time. Livestream info can be found on ITV Hub for the UK, fuboTV and also Fox Soccer Match Pass for the US. You can also follow live match information on different sports apps found online.
Assessing this game basing on history, Germany has the upper hand at beating Mexico, especially considering the fact that they are previous World Cup holders, having been matched so far by Chile, with whom they drew 1–1 on 22nd of June this year. However, Die Mannschaft made it clear that they are here for serious business by beating Cameroon 3 – 1 in their last match to clinch the top spot in Group B, all thanks to the great skills portrayed by man-of-the-match winner, Timo Werner.
Mexico is also affected by the absence of some of its fantastic players who are on suspension, as explained by Tom Marshall from ESPN in a tweet on 26th of June saying:
“Osorio will be thinking about how to replace suspended Guardado for Germany clash. Diego Reyes also likely out. Time for Rafa? #eltrieng
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 26, 2017
In as much as RB Leipzig, Mexico’s renowned striker has played a huge role to ensure their club’s win to second place in their last match by scoring 6 goals for his club and country in his last 5 matches, he is just a single armament that they possess against Germany.
As Germany boasts to possess a more significant trademark in the world of football, their World Confederations Cup team is still experimental even for their club manager, Joachim Low, with only 9 out of their 23 signed players holding national-team caps in double figures. Their manager has however maintained a consistent success rate, having a clear unbeaten 13-match streak, with its last defeat being a 0 – 2 loss over France in 7th July, 2016.
Mexico also carries a clean 7-match unbeaten record, receiving its last defeat not long ago from a 1 – 2 loss against Croatia on 28th of May this year. However, they still maintain a distinctive record as that is just but one of their two defeats in the past two years!
Since his appointment in 2015, Osorio, Mexico’s club manager has always done his best to ensure he sends a strong team to the field. This he has ensued by including new faces of his own selection to enhance their performance. A recent add-on to his team is Hirving Lozano, who came from La Liga club Pachuca and has field experience against Russia. Osorio was keen to walk off with this player right from their hosts, and he has proven great pace in the striking position which shakes even Germany’s strong defense, thereby causing Mexico’s attack strategy to be unpredictable.
Both of these teams will have a uniform chance of scoring against the other, since, together with their coaches and managers; have both shown commitment and zeal to winning. Looking at overall odds allocation from different sites, Germany’s possibilities are higher with low odd allocation as compared to Mexico.