Germany dominated World Cup 2018 Group F predictions before the tournament but Mexico are in pole position to top the table after two rounds of fixtures.
Having beaten Die Mannschaft and South Korea, El Tri only need a point from their final game against Sweden and are 9/25 to end up at the summit.
We’ve already posted our World Cup 2018 Group F betting tips for the closing set of matches and prefer the favourites in each game.
Standings Group F
Germany coach Joachim Low praised his players for not giving up after they edged out Sweden 2-1 in Sochi.
The defending champions replied to Ola Toivonen’s fine strike through a Marco Reus goal but then had Jerome Boateng sent off for a second bookable offence.
However, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos scored deep into five minutes of added time to put them back on track.
“Something I did appreciate is that we didn’t lose our nerves and break out in panic after conceding a goal,” said Low. “We kept a level head. We never lost hope.
“Obviously, the goal we scored in stoppage time was a bit lucky, but it is always a result of our belief in ourselves.
“We have to play against South Korea in order to be sure we make it to the next round and then everything is open, we will take it as it comes.”
Germany’s wild celebrations were criticised by Sweden coach Janne Andersson, who felt he and his backroom staff were disrespected.
“Some of the Germany leaders on the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing it into our faces by making gestures,” he said.
“That got me really annoyed and angry. There were many people on our bench who were very annoyed. People behaved in ways that you don’t do.”
|Germany vs Mexico||0 - 1||Luzhniki Stadium|
|Sweden vs South Korea||1 - 0||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
|South Korea vs Mexico||1 - 2||Rostov Arena|
|Germany vs Sweden||2 - 1||Fisht Stadium|
|Mexico vs Sweden||Ekaterinburg Arena|
|South Korea vs Germany||Kazan Arena|
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio vowed to stay focused after a 2-1 triumph over South Korea gave them maximum points from two matches.
Carlos Vela opened the scoring with a first-half penalty before Javier Hernandez struck his 50th international goal.
Son Heung-min claimed a wonderful last-gasp consolation, but El Tri are well placed to advance to the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup.
“I believe that we have played very well,” said Osorio. “We have had two good matches.
“Very often, when you play countries that have less of a footballing history, human beings tend to rest on their laurels a little bit and are too relaxed.
“Every match, we insist on being fully focused and not losing that message. We have received a lot of praise but remain focused nonetheless.
“I think we have earned and deserved this victory and want to celebrate it with all our supporters but then it is back to work, focusing on our next match.”
South Korea remain without a point at Russia 2018 and are on an eight-match winless run at World Cup finals, but coach Shin Tae-yong was pleased with the endeavour of his team.
“Our players I think played a game that they will not regret,” he said. “I really am very grateful that they did their best until the very last minute.”