|Can Mexico upset the odds in their first game? (Image from Goli Sports)|
Mexico’s Possible Line-up
|Mexico’s keeper Ochoa (Image from Yahoo Sports)|
At the back, their youngest player Alvarez may feature (after the recent injury of Diego Reyes), as well as experienced centre back Hector Moreno. Speaking of experienced players, although may not start, the veteran Rafael Marquez could feature at some point, becoming only the fifth player to feature in 5 World Cups. Marquez has an incredible 145 caps for Mexico and is one of 4 players in the 100-club for Mexico at Russia. This defence will have to stay tight at the back to make sure this crafty German attack can’t get through.
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Germany’s Possible Line-up
Neuer is likely to start for Germany despite his season-long injury, since Joachim Low did confirm he was still their number one keeper.
All four defenders apart from Hector play together for German champions Bayern Munich, so they will know how to defend well as a unit. Despite not looking completely solid at the back in recent friendlies, manager Joachim Low said they are ready ahead of Sunday’s game, after improvements in training.
All of this midfield ,apart from Marco Reus, starred in the last World Cup, where they ended up with the trophy. Thomas Muller will be looking to add to his international goals tally, with 10 goals from his last two World Cups, which makes him the top scorer in tournament out of the players who are still active. There has been controversy because of Ozil and Gundogan (both of Turkish descent) being photographed with the Turkish president leading to them being jeered in recent games, but Germany will hope this doesn’t overshadow their campaign.
|Ozil and Gundogan with Turkey’s president (Image from the Guardian)|
RB Leipzig’s Werner will be looking to make his mark in Russia and many see him as one of the potential surprise stars of the World Cup.
Although both teams aren’t coming into the tournament on a run of great form, they will be hoping to qualify from Group F. Germany are of course the favourites for this match, but it will be a tough game for them, especially with the pace of Mexico’s attack. I can see this being a tight 2-1 win for Germany.