FIFA World Cup 2018: Matchday Preview

Group F and Group G encounters are on display tonight as teams continue to strive towards
qualification, while some seek to confirm top spots in their group.

Group F: South Korea vs Mexico
Rostov plays host to this match where Mexico will be looking to confirm their place in the round of 32
with a win, while South Korea will hope to improve on their loss against Sweden in their opening game.
Fresh off their shocking win against defending champions Germany, Mexico face a reversal of roles as
they go in as the favorites to win, with plenty of quality and experience in their team.
Watch out for Heung-min Son – the Spurs forward was lackluster in the first game against Sweden, but
with his pace and attacking intent, holds the key to unlock a stubborn Mexican defense.

Group F: Germany vs Sweden
The German camp will be in full focus to overturn their poor performance in their opener against
Mexico. A defeat would mean that Germany would fall prey to the champions’ curse as well – the
defending champions have been knocked out in the group stage in the last two World Cups. Sweden will
confirm their place in the knockout stages, however, only another shocking performance from the
Germans could get them a win, although the absence of German CB Mats Hummels due to injury could
help them.
Watch out for Mesut Ozil – the creative midfielder has all the ability in the world to weave his magic and
a good performance from him will be essential to get past an expectedly tight Swedish defense.

Group G: Belgium vs Tunisia
The Belgians looked strong and secure in their opening 3-0 win against Panama, but coach Roberto
Martinez remains careful of his (very) talented yet fragile side, having canceled a training session in fear
of overexerting his team. Even with captain Vincent Kompany still out with a groin injury, all eyes in the
stadium and around the world would be in amazement if they see anything but a Belgian win. For
Tunisia, their World Cup will be most certainly over with a defeat.
Watch out for Eden Hazard – even with an assist to his name in the first game, Eden Hazard didn’t look
his usual best. However, with his pace and flair, he will look to cut open a Tunisia side that looked
spirited yet nervous against England in the last game.

 

 

Saaj Aryamane

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