Headlined by 2018 FIFA World Cup favourite Germany, Group F offers some of the best competition in the tournament. While Germany is the best squad and the favourite to win the group all three other Nations have a chance at advancing on to the Knockout Stage. Group F has the best odds of having the winning country at the start of the tournament at +400 on many World Cup sportsbooks. Overall, there are plenty of reasons to closely follow this group during the Group Stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Best World Cup Odds & Lines - Group F
Odds and lines for every Group F match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are available right here. Lines for the opening games are available well ahead of the start of the tournament, while subsequent games will see most lines pop up after each team completes their previous match.
FIFA World Cup Group F Standings
Follow the standings for Group F below, updated live after every match. The top two teams from each group advance on in the 2018 World Cup. In tiebreaking scenarios, goal differential and goals scored most frequently determine which Nation advances on and which Nation goes home.
FIFA World, Cup Group F Betting Guide
Despite Germany fielding arguably the best team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group F is one of the most competitive groups in the tournament. Both Sweden and Mexico bring a strong team, and while South Korea does not have a great record at the World Cup, they rarely get blown out by superior teams.
The reigning World Cup champions open the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the favourites on many soccer sportsbooks serving Canadians. Germany is consistently one of the top soccer countries in the world. Although they may not have the global superstars of a Brazil, Argentina or Spain, few can argue against the quality of their squad, its unmatchable depth and superb coaching.
Germany is the favourite to win the group at -286. While Brazil and France have better odds to win their groups, the competition Germany faces is much stronger. Still, Germany’s team is a league ahead of the competition. They also enter coming off one of the most dominant qualifying performances ever. Germany went 10-0-0 in qualifiers, outscoring their opponents by 39 goals.
Germany should win their group. One thing to note before considering them a lock to win the group, Germany has finished the Group Stage with at least one loss or draw in every World Cup since 1970. However, despite never posting a perfect record in the Group Stage, Germany has advanced past the Group Stage in every World Cup except 1938.
The race for the second spot in Group F is one of the best at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Many World Cup sportsbook give the edge to Mexico over Sweden, but the advantage is very marginally. Mexico has advanced to the Round of 16 at the last six World Cups, losing in that round every time.
Mexico does have some talented players, including Javier Hernandez who is Mexico’s all-time leader in goals scored. He will need to have a great performance along with fellow forwards Carlos Vela and Oribe Peralta if Mexico wants any chance at winning the Group. While Mexico’s forwarders are reliable, they are outmatched everywhere else by Germany. It will be interesting to see if Mexico’s offence is enough to grab second place in Group F.
Sweden returns to the World Cup for the first time since 2006. However, they may or may not have their best-known player Zlatan Ibrahimović. Ibrahimović retired from international competitions after the 2016 Euro Cup. He has recently hinted he is open to returning to the club, but nothing has come of it yet. While Sweden did make the World Cup without Ibrahimović, it is difficult to predict their potential without a world-class striker.
Sweden will need to rely on their defence for success in the World Cup. The group looked strong in qualifications, helping Sweden to a +18-goal differential. However, both Mexico and Germany are strong offensive teams, meaning Sweden may need the help of Ibrahimović to advance in the tournament. Once Ibrahimović’s fate is determined, Sweden’s prospects in 2018 will clarify. With him, they have a good chance at second, but without him, the squad will likely settle for third.
Easily the weakest team in the group, South Korea hopes of advancing at the tournament rely more on the play of their opponents, than what they can accomplish. Excluding 2002, when South Korea finished in fourth place in the tournament, the peninsula country is not sporting a great record at the World Cup. While they typically are competitive (playing close matches), they have yet to prove they are a serious contender on the international stage.
Even if Mexico and Sweden cannibalize each other and slip up against South Korea, the odds for South Korea actually winning the tournament are some of the worst. Many World Cup sportsbooks have South Korea in the bottom third, with most lines opening around +48000 to win the tournament. It is possible they beat Mexico or Sweden, but expecting two or three quality games out of the squad (which would likely amount to second), is much too risky of a wager.