World Cup 2018 Previews June 23rd: Belgium v Tunisia, South Korea v Mexico, Germany v Sweden

The World Cup so far has been incredibly hard to predict, with numerous low scoring matches in succession and we almost feel like if you’d gone a little off of our predictions, you would have done much better, and we’re speaking from previous experiences here. Plenty of teams are parking the bus and this makes for some ultimately boring matches.

Today’s matches sees Belgium v Tunisia, South Korea v Mexico and Germany v Sweden, in Groups G and F.

In Group G, Belgium come up against Tunisia, after their 3-0 demolition of Panama, and we can expect Tunisia to park the bus and try to frustrate the Flemish nation today. Not many changes are expected from Belgium, with V.Kompany and T.Vermalen still unfit, Dedryck Boyata looks to keep his place in central defence alongside J.Vertonghen and T.Alderweireld.

Will Lukaku score his third goal for Belgium today in this World Cup match. Credit: Goal.com

Tunisia lost in the final minutes 2-1 to England, with Harry Kane creeping up at the back post to head the Three Lions to victory, with the North African’s marking their goal with a dubious penalty to get on the score sheet.  Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassan injured his shoulder in the first half against England, so Farouk Mustapha will start in goal. Wahbi Kazri will be one of the only danger men, but Tunisia are better than they sound, as we saw against England. Tunisia will be technically eliminated from the tournament after this match, which isn’t a surprise.

Match Prediction: Belgium v Tunisia 2-0 or Result Belgium Both Teams to Score: No

In Group G,  it’s   and this is a must win game for South Korea, which doesn’t look very likely at all, and it never did, but with Mexico’s inspiring win over Germany 1-0 in their first match, this should still prove to be an entertaining match. Hirving Lozano proved his worth, at only 22-years old against Germany within scoring a wonder strike, so he’ll surely be on many top clubs transfer wish list after this World Cup tournament.

Hirving Lozano we predicted would be a threat, and with his goal, surely big clubs will be hoping to sign the PSV winger. Credit: SportingNews

South Korea were unimpressive by their standards against Sweden, and they may make some changes to their side, after losing by one goal to zero to the Swedes, who were awarded a penalty. Son Heung-Min will be desperate to get on the score sheet for his team, after expressing his disappointment at their opening game loss. Chicharito or Javier Hernandez will also be hungry to get a goal today and he think he will do just that.

Mexico will be fired up for this match and we don’t expect either side to park the bus in this game, so hopefully we’re in for a real treat in this second match of the day. We’re going for an optimistic outlook to this game, because “boy” does the World Cup need an open free-flowing game, doesn’t it?

Son Heung-Min needs to rally his South Korea side to give Mexico a very tough match. Credit: Mirror

Match Prediction: South Korea v Mexico 1-3  or Javier Hernandez to Score (Anytime) or Mexico Result and Both Teams to Score: Yes

The evening match in Group F, sees Germany v Sweden and neither team were impressive in their opening match. Sweden showed how truly ordinary they were, only winning against South Korea via a penalty kick. Whereas Germany were equally as disappointing, but just played badly and lost to a much quicker Mexico side. This isn’t the same Germany side to be feared in the same way, as in previous tournaments, which was evident by the lacklustre performance in their first match.

Sweden have a number of players that are reportedly unwell (sick) in their squad, but it doesn’t seem to effect the starting line up very much. Viktor Lindelöf is expected to start alongside Andreas Granqvist, after shaking off a stomach bug making him miss the first match, which is a boost to Sweden and head coach Janne Andersson.

Andreas Granqvist’s penalty against South Korea gave Sweden the 3 points. Credit:TheWeek

Mesut Ozil was heavily criticised for his lazy performance against Mexico, with Joachim Löw likely to make a few changes to his team, to avoid any further embarrassment. Naturally, Germany will be favourites to win, but Sweden will look to park the bus, so that the German’s can’t score.

Marco Reus finally makes it to a World Cup tournament and could he score today? Credit: YouTube

Marco Reus is likely to start this match, with Mesut Ozil dropping to the bench, behind striker Timo Werner, who Germany will be desperate to have score, in order to boost his confidence for their tournament journey.

Match Prediction: Germany v Sweden 2-0 or Germany to win

 

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Featured Photo Credit: FIFA.com

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