Defending champions Germany will kick-off their title defence when they take on Mexico in a Group F match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday.
In their previous 11 meetings, Germany have won six times while the South Americans managed just a single win.
Germany passed the qualification stage with ease as they won all their ten games, thus becoming the first team to win all their qualification matches.
The Manuel Neuer-led side, however, hasn’t been at their best this year as Germany managed to win just one of their four international friendlies in 2018. While they defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1, they suffered losses against Brazil and Austria.
The biggest concern for Germany was the fitness of their star players Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng. Later, Neuer recovered from a serious foot injury to be fit for the mega event.
Germany’s defence will witness Boateng and Mats Hummels as the duo’s role will be crucial on Sunday. On the other hand, Jonas Hector and Joshua Kimmich will form the full backs while Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos will feature in the midfield.
The attacking lineup will be formed by striker Timo Werner, Thomas Muller on the right flank and Mesut Ozil.
On the other side, Mexico too, have a settled squad.
Jesus Gallardo and Miguel Layun are likely to be the full-backs on the left and right sides, respectively. Mexico’s defence will feature Hector Moreno and Hugo Ayala, who form a formidable partnership.
With the likes of Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado, Mexico’s biggest strength lies in the midfield. The duo will be supported by either Jonathan dos Santos or Marco Fabian, who ever gets a chance in Sunday’s game.
Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos and Oribe Peralta will lead the Mexican attack. Also, Javier Hernandez and Raul Jimenez are the other two contenders for the striker’s slot.