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World Cup bitcoin betting Group F

Germany, the World Champions in 2014 and back to their best with a crop of new players, should comfortably come out on top of this section, while South Korea, who were very lucky to qualify, are expected to be on an early plane home.

This leaves Sweden and Mexico to fight for a place in the second round. They face each other on June 27, which is likely to be a winner-takes-all event. Unfortunately for both, the winner should face Brazil in the next round, making Group F one of the less exciting of this summer’s tournament.

Here is a rundown of all four nations in Group F:

Germany latest odds

When Germany lost 2-0 to France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 many assumed that the Joachim Low era was coming to an end. 

But having refreshed the squad by blooding plenty of youngsters, Low’s side are back; they won all ten qualifying games, scoring 43 goals 

having refreshed the squad by blooding plenty of youngsters, Low’s side are back; they won all ten qualifying games, scoring 43 goals 

having refreshed the squad by blooding plenty of youngsters, Low’s side are back; they won all ten qualifying games, scoring 43 goals 

that were spread across 21 different players. The Germans certainly have strength in depth.

Victory at the Confederations Cup last summer has been followed up by some less-than-impressive friendly results (draws against England, France and Spain, and a 1-0 defeat to Brazil), but then again Germany always seem to turn it on when it matters. They have nerves of steel, and as the tournament champions they have the experience to become the first back-to-back World Cup winners since Brazil in 1962.

Look out for newcomers Leon Goretska and Timo Werner, the latter having scored seven goals in his first 12 caps and the former bossing midfield for Schalke. While the likes of Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, and Mesut Ozil are perhaps on the wane, this level of maturity is balanced nicely by Leroy Sane and Julian Brandt. The only potential area of concern is in the full-back positions, although in a straightforward group none of their early opponents are likely to exploit this weakness.

Mexico latest odds

Mexico have made a habit out of being knocked out at the last 16 stage, having done so at each of the last six World Cups. 

Their mission is to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since they hosted the tournament in 1986, but sadly a likely matchup with Brazil in the first knockout game means it’ll be a familiar story for the Mexicans.

Just how good is this side? That’s a question still being debated in Mexico, where opinion is split regarding the quality of tinkering coach Juan Carlos Osorio. At times they look superb – qualifying with ease at the top of the CONCACAF table – and at others diabolical. They were famously beaten 7-0 by Chile in the Copa America, and lost 4-1 to Germany in the Confederations Cup.

Mexico certainly have enough quality to beat Sweden and South Korea to second, however. Javier Hernandez is an experienced striker who always seems to perform in his country’s colours, and a strong spine of Porto’s Hector Herrera and Real Sociedad’s Hector Moreno makes them favourites for second place.

The quality is certainly there, but Mexico are one of those unpredictable outfits who so often disappoint when the going gets tough; if they are heavily beaten by Germany in their opening match on June 17, they could struggle to bounce back.

Sweden latest odds

Janne Andersson has built a hard-working, exciting young side with players mostly from outside Europe’s top five leagues, using a well-organised 4-4-2 system to beat plenty of underdogs – including Italy in the World Cup play-offs. 

And yet, despite all this, the only thing anybody wants to talk about is whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic will come out of retirement.

In mid-April Ibrahimovic tweeted that the chances of him playing are “sky high”, but that very much depends on whether Andersson wants him. 

In mid-April Ibrahimovic tweeted that the chances of him playing are “sky high”, but that very much depends on whether Andersson wants him. 

It is difficult to see how Sweden can continue to look so together, so well-drilled, with the talismanic Zlatan towering over proceedings. He casts a very long shadow.

Then again, up front is Sweden’s weakest area. Marcus Berg has taken a big step down joining Al Ain in the UAE and his form on the international stage has suffered for it. Sweden have scored just three goals in five matches since qualifying; a bit of Zlatan magic might be just what they need, and he should be fit getting plenty of game time for the LA Galaxy.

Elsewhere, playmaker Emil Forsberg will excite as the new linchpin of this team. It is impossible to say just how dangerous Sweden will be until the Ibrahimovic situation is cleared up, but right now they don’t seem as settled, or as talented, as Mexico. The Lars Lagerback years – when Olof Mellberg, Freddie Ljungberg, and Kim Kallstrom led the way – are little more than a distant memory.

South Korea latest odds

South Korea are one of the lowest quality nations in the competition. They struggled badly to qualify despite their route being easy, winning 15 points from 10 matches from a Group containing Syria, Qatar and Uzbekistan. 

That under-performance resulting in the firing of head coach Uli Stielike. His replacement, Shin Tae-yong, hasn’t fared too much better so far, with South Korea losing both of their March friendlies to Northern Ireland and Poland.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min is their star player by quite some distance, and he is joined by two other Premier League footballers, Swansea City’s Ki Sung-heung and Crystal Palace’s Lee Chung-yong, who has only started a single league game this season. Even if these three are at their best, South Korea will surely repeat their 2014 World Cup appearance and go out with a whimper.

Germany’s reliability, contrasted with South Korea’s inability to impose on any World Cup outside of the one they hosted, makes Group F one of the less inspiring for bettors. The real point of interest could be the Zlatan show no-show saga, which has the potential to impact World Cup Group F bitcoin betting. Whether the big Swede shows or not, there are a huge range of markets available at Cloudbet for Group F; take advantage of our great value odds, high limits and the advantage of betting on the World Cup with bitcoin.

After the first games

Not many teams can boast seismic levels of support. After Mexico beat Germany, the world saw how much the Mexicans could celebrate. In truth, there should have been three or four more goals in this match. Germany looked dangerous every time they swept forward. Mexico patiently waited to hit them on the counter. Each player looked like this was their World Cup final. In the end, it was Mexico that hung on. Meme Ochoa in particular seems to turn up for these international games. The other match was a tale of two teams. Sweden, marking the start of a new era without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, eager to show their strength in depth. And South Korea boasting the prolific Son Heung-Min. In the end it was the balanced team that won rather than individual brilliance. Read our World Cup overview to see how new rules have infleunced the game.

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