We have nearly approached the end of the second round of group games, and could well potentially see our first major casualty of the tournament.

Reigning champions, Germany will need at least a point against Sweden if Mexico do get something against South Korea. 

Fail and they will be OUT of the World Cup at the group stage. 

Over in Group G, Belgium can secure their progress to the last 16 with victory over Tunisia. 

Belgium vs Tunisia

 

Belgium will definitely enter this as favourites but will need a more convincing performance than in their opening game, despite beating Panama 3-0.

Tunisia meanwhile are bound to take heart from their performance against England and learn from that late heartbreak of a Harry Kane winner. 

Throw in a tight head to head history of one win apiece and a draw from three previous meetings, then this will be a tough test for Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’. 

Personally, I can see clinical finishing being the key factor and Belgium were quite sloppy at set pieces, with several free kicks put wide. 

In end, I can see Belgium just edging this but they need to be on their game and take every chance they get. If not then Tunisia will eventually punish them. 

Prediction: Belgium 2-1 Tunisia

 

South Korea vs Mexico

South Korea will be eliminated if they don’t get at least a point here against Group F leaders, Mexico. 

Mexico stunned Germany in the first match of this group, with a series of impressive counter attacks featuring Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano, so will be real threats here.

South Korea might of been unlucky to lose to a Sweden penalty but can take heart from recent form against the Mexicans entering this game. 

Having lost five of first six meetings between these teams, South Korea will be buoyant by their recent form of one defeat in last five (W3, D1). 

I wouldn’t be surprised if Mexico decide to play like they did last time out and ruthlessly punish The Taegeuk Warriors on counter. 

Ultimately, I can’t see past a Mexico win here no matter what South Korea do.

Prediction: South Korea 0-2 Mexico

 

Germany vs Sweden

Defeat here coupled with a Mexico point will finish off Germany’s title defence right here.

Germany were awful defensively against Mexico so will need to improve here against a solid Swedish side featuring Andreas Granqvist and Sebastian Larsson. 

Luckily for Dies Mannschaft, they have lost just two of last 14 meetings with Sweden in all competitions (W8, D4). 

Sweden however have twice met the reigning champions before at a World Cup, in 1950s and won on both occasions. 

Realistically a draw wouldn’t do much good for Germany if Mexico do get something because a draw between the Mexicans and Swedes on Wednesday will be enough for both to qualify. 

For that reason, they have to go all out and if they defend like they did against Mexico, it will be game over. 

Prediction: Germany 0-1 Sweden

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