After winning the last World Cup competition in 2014 and being ranked at number one in the current FIFA Rankings, it’s no surprise to see that Germany are down as favourites to win in this attempt. They finished with the most amount of points out of all UEFA nations in their qualifying group, winning all ten of their games, where they scored forty-three goals and conceded just four, showing more of that regimented style of play which Joaquim Lowe has capitalised on as manager of Die Mannschaft since taking on the job in 2006.
There’s plenty of viable reasons for getting behind Brazil, France and Spain but Germany remain firm favourites, given odds of 9/2 on most bookmakers. Brazil trail closely behind with odds of 5/1, then followed by France at 11/2. That could change marginally through the final squad selection, especially if there’s any major injuries, but they’ve got more than enough depth to replace almost any player in their starting lineup. Winning the last edition of this competition only adds to the pressure of coming out on top yet again but they’re more than capable.
Joaquim Lowe continues into his twelfth year as Germany manager and doesn’t look like stepping down any time soon, with all regular ties to jobs at Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea being readily shutdown. His men are pitted in a relatively easy group alongside the likes of Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, with their opening game seeing them go up against Mexico, who’d they’d notably met in last summer’s Confederations Cup, which was another competition Die Mannschaft won. It’s easy to see how formidable Germany are, priced only as high as 1/2 to defeat Mexico in their opening game.