Holders Germany are overwhelming favourites in the World Cup 2018 Group F odds, with Mexico and Sweden expected to battle it out for second place and South Korea outsiders to progress.
Die Mannschaft lifted this trophy for the fourth time at Brazil 2014, thrashing the hosts 7-1 in the semi-finals and then edging out Argentina in extra-time in the decider.
Mexico will be appearing at this tournament for the 16th time, reaching the last eight in 1970 and 1986, and they were impressive winners of the CONCACAF qualifying section.
Sweden have already upset the odds twice to get this far, finishing above Holland when second to France in their group and then beating Italy in a play-off.
South Korea can boast a semi-final appearance in 2002 but will need to improve on their efforts in qualifying this time around, when a distant second behind Iran in their Asian pool.
Standings Group F
Germany begin the defence of their title with an intriguing Moscow clash against Mexico, having beaten El Tri 4-1 in the semi-final of last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia.
Punters will then no doubt be going for goals in their World Cup 2018 Group F betting tips when Die Mannschaft take on Sweden in Sochi.
These European teams met in two high-scoring fixtures during qualification for Brazil 2014.
Germany blew a 4-0 lead in a 4-4 Berlin draw, before later coming from 2-0 down to prevail 5-3 in Solna.
Meanwhile, Mexico and South Korea are familiar foes, with El Tri having come out on top in half of their 12 previous encounters.
Joachim Low’s side continued a proud tradition four years ago, with Die Mannschaft reaching the final for the eighth time in 18 appearances.
They have failed to make the semis on just five occasions and again look blessed with a squad that is strong in all departments.
Low was able to bring through some exciting youngsters in last year’s Confederations Cup triumph, with the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane and Timo Werner emerging as hot prospects.
Many of the old guard are also still around to provide big-match experience and it will be a surprise if they are not contenders for outright glory once more.
A perfect 10 straight wins in qualifying certainly augurs well, although they did subsequently find life tougher in four high-profile friendlies.
Die Mannschaft were held to a draw by England, France and Spain, before going down 1-0 to Brazil in Berlin!
Mexico qualified with three games to spare and will be hoping Javier Hernandez can rediscover his best form on the international stage after a frustrating campaign with West Ham.
Sweden can no longer call on talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Janne Andersson has established a fine team spirit and RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg is someone to watch out for.
Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yeung and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min are set to spearhead South Korea’s bid for a place in the knockout stages.
|Germany vs Mexico||0 - 1||Luzhniki Stadium|
|Sweden vs South Korea||1 - 0||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
|South Korea vs Mexico||Rostov Arena|
|Germany vs Sweden||Fisht Stadium|
|Mexico vs Sweden||Ekaterinburg Arena|
|South Korea vs Germany||Kazan Arena|