Germany hope to become the first side since Brazil in 1958 and 1962 to record back-to-back World Cup wins this summer in Russia. If successful, Die Mannschaft would also become only the second national team to rack up five triumphs on world soccer’s grandest stage, again equalling Brazil’s high mark.
And with a squad replete with top-class talent – such as Real Madrid playmaker Toni Kroos, Arsenal creator Mesut Özil and fit-again Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus – Germany are perfectly capable of retaining their crown, installed as +450 second favorites with bet365 to win the tournament outright.
But the ongoing fitness concerns of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, manager Joachim Löw’s surprising decision to exclude Manchester City winger Leroy Sané and shaky form in recent warm-up friendlies have cast some doubt over the über-confident Germans.
Our friends at Football Whispers have studied the form and statistics to suggest the three best ways to bet on Germany at the 2018 World Cup.
Although recent results have been a mixed bag, losing friendlies to Brazil and Austria and drawing with Spain, Germany breezed through their qualification group, winning all ten games.
The world champions’ wonderful tactical balance was evidenced by the fact they were Europe’s joint-highest scorers in qualifying, level on 43 goals with Belgium, while they conceded just four.
What’s more, their triumph in last year’s Confederations Cup with what was effectively a second-string squad showed both their strength in depth and trademark ability to turn on the style when it really matters.
As such, Löw’s side, matched up with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, should comfortably qualify for the knockout stages as winners of Group F, a feat they are priced at -300 to achieve with bet365.
In the last three World Cups, Germany have been able to call upon totemic striker Miroslav Klose, the competition’s all-time highest scorer with 16 goals, to lead their attack, but that won’t be the case in Russia, with the 40-year-old now retired.
In Klose’s absence, 22-year-old RB Leipzig speedster Timo Werner is expected to start as Germany’s central striker, getting his first taste of World Cup action.
While Werner is a fantastic attacking prospect, reportedly being monitored by the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid, it would be a stretch to believe the youngster will replicate Klose’s prolific record so soon.
However, while they don’t have an established world-class striker to count on, Germany do a tremendous job of distributing goals throughout the team, with 21 different scorers in qualifying.
With such a varied attacking threat and expectations of a deep run in the tournament, at +500 with bet365, Germany are an excellent bet to be the World Cup’s highest scoring team.
To reach semi-final
Provided they win their group as expected, Germany’s first stern test of the 2018 World Cup will likely come in the quarter-finals, where there is a strong chance they will meet either England or Belgium, depending on which of the pair finish runners-up in Group G.
England, perennial underachievers at major international tournaments, are transitioning between one gifted generation of players to another set to emerge at senior level in the coming years, and as such aren’t expected to threaten the favorites in Russia.
And Belgium, although boasting one of the most talented squads in the competition, are yet to show the level of organization and tactical balance required to challenge for honors on the international stage.
Therefore, at +100 with bet365, Germany can expect to reach the semi-finals.