Germany to switch tactics for Sweden?

The World Cup 2018 have seen some surprises, but nothing bigger than Germany’s defeat to Mexico in the Group F opener. This leaves the Mannschaft a mountain to climb with their round 2 opponent Sweden bagging 3 points against South Korea the very next day.

Germany are unbeaten in the last 11 meetings with Sweden, 7 wins and 4 draws.

Their most recent meeting was in 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Both legs were thrillers, the first of which saw a remarkable comeback from Sweden to level 4-4 at full-time from 4 goals down. The second leg also saw 8 goals, Germany winning it 5-3.

The teams met 4 times at the World Cup, Germany won thrice and Sweden once.

If you look at the form guide, Germany have won just one of their last 7 games, 6 of them in friendlies. This is often the case with them and they are underperformers in friendlies and a totally different proportion when it comes to major tournaments.

Therefore, one cannot rule out Germany from the World Cup, despite the lackluster performance in the opening game. This is a team that made it from the group phase in each of their 16 previous appearances at the World Cup and some minor tweaks upfront will see them come to life.

Sweden are too defensive and not as fast as Mexico on the counter. On top of that, their inability to finish off scoring chances were evident in the win against South Korea. They still remain without a goal in 430 minutes of open play.

Therefore, do not expect another surprise result on Saturday, but bank on Muller and company to get back to winning ways.

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