Fav for two in-a-row
Germany arrive in Russia looking to defend the World Cup won four years ago in Brazil. They beat Argentina to clinch their fourth title with Gotze scoring the decider deep into extra-time.
Nations have a poor record of going two in-a-row but bookmakers expect Joachim Low’s side to do just that and punters will find 888Sport’s 19/4 top price favourite in the outright market. Interestingly, Argentina have been chalked off as 10/1 shots to go one better.
There hasn’t been a flood of money opposing Germany as many accept they do look the most likely victors, certainly on paper, but what is it about DFB that impresses us so much? We look at who will be key to success in Russia.
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Another high for Low
Germany topped their qualifying group ahead of Northern Ireland with a perfect 10-match winning record. They scored 43 goals and conceded just four. An astonishing record and one that’ll fill the squad with confidence as they board the plane.
Timo Werner is the reliable goal scorer the nation has lacked for some time now and he has already bagged seven goals in a dozen caps. He’ll be crucial to their chances this summer and is 20/1 (888Sport) to be the competition’s top scorer.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been a big game player for Premier League champions Manchester City this season, shining in England and on the continent. The Cityzens were knocked out of Europe’s elite by Liverpool but Sane scored a perfectly good goal that was chalked off. A terrible decision by the officials.
The youngster has confidence and flair going forward, the ability to unlock defences and an eye for goal. He’ll create chances and score a few himself. Expect Sane to light up the tournament. Punters can back him at 10/1 (Bet Victor) to be his nation’s top scorer.
Another Premier League star, the Liverpool midfielder brings something very different to the two mentioned above. The 24-year-old Frankfurt born gladiator loves doing the dirty work, mucking into the midfield battles, using his height and strength to great effect.
There’s real competition in the German midfield but the former Bayern Munich star won’t be easy to leave out. The fact Can isn’t a guaranteed starter shows the strength in depth Joachim Low has.