The top sportsbooks have not lost faith in Germany. They still believe this reich will last another four years. But don’t expect Sweden to make the Germans any concessions, like they did in the past. The shock of Germany being upset by Mexico is less shocking the more one thinks about it. After all, losing their World Cup opener is almost par for the course for defending champions. On the other hand the Swedes will certainly attempt to take a page from Mexico’s book. And Sweden definitely scratched and clawed for a victory just as hard as Mexico did. The only problem being that Mexico wrested three points away from Germany. Meanwhile, Sweden had to sweat bullets to beat South Korea 1-0. And they had to rely on the vaunted video assisted referees for the penalty kick that secured their win.
According to the New York Times, people mass-jumping in celebration caused an earthquake in Mexico. But it’ll take more than a quake to create a divide in Germany’s camp. Allegedly there are two cliques in the Germans’ dressing room. One would be the 2014 World Cup veterans. The other, members of the team that played the 2017 Confederations Cup. Allegedly. “There is no division. We are one team,” goalie Manuel Neue said. “We’ve laid it on the line. We were straight-shooting.”
They didn’t shoot very straight against Mexico, but we get the point. And it is sorta too bad. It’d be kinda fun if one group took over the west side of the locker room, and the other the east side. And they could mark the division with a ‘Walls of Jericho,’ ala It Happened One Night. And they could get Bruce Campbell to say “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” in his best Reagan voice.
Anyway. The Germans “misjudged the situation” against Mexico. At least according to forward Thomas Müller. Who is not to be confused with the Standartenführer of the same name. “Fundamentally, it maybe was a bit reckless to think that after those friendlies, albeit addressing the mistakes and working on them, we’d be there with a certain freshness and play to our usual strengths once the tournament started,” Müller said.
Meanwhile, the Swedes apparently just need to be themselves in order to defeat Germany. “I just need to be Emil Forsberg, to believe in it, receive the ball and get my feet moving. It’s been lacking recently, but it’s coming,” Swedish winger Emil Forsberg said. You know, just Emil Forsberg being Emil Forsberg. Sort of like tan Stewie being tan Stewie. While that argument may fail to convince top sportsbooks, there may be something to it. After all, that is how the Mexicans beat Germany. By being themselves. Aztec warriors with stone balls like the ones in Sierra de Ameca, Jalisco. So the Swedish need to be themselves too. Berserkers. Norse warriors who fight in a trance-like fury. Just as long as zee Germans don’t decide to be themselves as well. Because then we would all be in deep trouble.
Germany vs. Sweden Sportsbook Odds and Betting Information:
- Date: June 23rd
- Time: 21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
- Venue: Report Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
- Best online sportsbook odds:
- Germany -222
- Sweden +675
- Draw +355
Odds taken from GTBets.eu, rated one of the top sportsbooks.
Prediction: Should Germany “judge” the situation correctly this time, and ‘click’ instead of ‘cliquing,’ then Sweden will be in dire straits. Unless the Swedes go berserk. You know, like the song. The Berserker is just so obscene/Likes evil people you know what I mean/He takes your soul and then just rips you apart/He’ll steal your heart.