World Cup 2018, Germany vs Mexico: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
All eyes will be on defending champions Germany as they return to football’s biggest stage with all the potential to retain their title, seeking to begin their campaign with a victory over Mexico.
With a team that is as strong as the one that lifted the World Cup trophy four years ago in Brazil, Die Mannschaft will be looking to become the first country since Brazil in 1962 to be back-to-back champions.
Germany open their Group F account against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 4pm BST (11 ET) on Sunday June 17, a team who have never progressed past the quarter-finals but will be looking to give the defending champions a challenge.
Though Germany – led by long-term manager Joachim Low – always field a consistently strong squad, the past three World Cup winners have fared miserably in the following tournaments, and they will be looking to avoid the ‘Champions Curse’.
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
What is it?
The first outing at the 2018 World Cup for defending champions – and four-time winners – Germany, as they take on reliable old campaigners Mexico.
When is it?
Sunday, June 17.
What time is kick-off?
The action gets under way at 4pm BST.
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Neuer, Trapp, ter Stegen|
|Defenders||Plattenhardt, Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Sule, Rudiger, Boateng, Kimmich|
|Midfielders||Khedira, Draxler, Kroos, Ozil, Goretzka, Rudy, Brandt, Gundogan|
|Forwards||Werner, Reus, Muller, Gomez|
The fact that Germany were able to leave out Mario Gotze – who scored his side’s tournament-winning goal in Brazil four years ago – as well as Manchester City star Leroy Sane, is a test to how strong they still are.
Timo Werner is expected to lead the line along the all-star likes of Thomas Muller and Marco Reus, with a strong midfield consisting of Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil.
Potential Germany XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rudiger, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, Reus, Werner.
|Goalkeepers||Ochoa, Talavera, Corona|
|Defenders||Salcedo, Reyes, Moreno, Ayala, Alvarez, Gallardo, Layun|
|Midfielders||Marquez, Herrera, Dos Santos, Dos Santos, Guardado, Fabian|
|Forwards||Hernandez, Jimenez, Peralta, Corona, Vela, Aquino, Lozano|
Javier Hernandez is still Mexico’s star man to start up front despite a disappointing season at West Ham, and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will be looking to repeat his heroics in Brazil four years ago.
Potential Mexico XI: Ochoa, Salcedo, Moreno, Ayala, Marquez, Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Guardado, Giovani Dos Santos, Vela, Hernandez.
What’s the latest news on the two teams?
Germany’s preparations were disrupted by a controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan and a photo taken with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On the pitch, Joachim Low’s side have won only once in their last six games – a 2-1 win over the very limited Saudi Arabia – but there remains very little signs of panic around the camp, such is the depth of tournament experience their squad boasts.
As for Mexico, they’re out to avenge a 4-1 defeat to a second-string German side at the Confederations Cup last year, and improve on a record of just one win in their last 11 against Die Mannschaft. Much will depend on Javier Hernandez – Chicharito to his friends – who spent two successful seasons in German football with Bayer Leverkusen between 2015-17, scoring 39 goals.
What are the odds?
Germany to win 1/2
What’s our prediction?
The Germans have a rock-solid reputation as a Turniermannschaft – a tournament team – for a very good reason. New faces such as Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner are being introduced among the serial winners like Neuer, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels. It’s a decent blend, and should be too much for the Mexicans.
Germany 2 Mexico 0