German kids set to fly
German kids set to fly

Germany might have a young and inexperienced side at the Confederations Cup but they will surely have too much for Mexico on Thursday.
Die Mannschaft secured top spot in Group B courtesy of two wins and a draw to reach the semi-finals and will take on a Mexico side who claimed seven points in finishing as runners-up to Portugal in Group A.

Coach Joachim Low opted to rest the bulk of his regular squad and decided to give youth a go for the World Cup warm-up event, with the likes of Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi one of the most experienced on show despite having won only 18 caps in his career to date.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner scored a brace in Germany’s 3-1 victory over Cameroon last time out and looks set to play a part against the Mexicans on Thursday night.

Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller have all been left out of the squad but stand-in captain Julian Draxler and Bayern Munich utility man Joshua Kimmich have been at the top of their game to take up the slack.

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is not being fooled by the German youth policy at the tournament, however, and feels they will still be a tough nut to crack.

“It doesn't matter if they are young or not,” he said. “What really matters is how much experience they have, although they're young.”

German are n/a for the win in 90 minutes, while Mexico can be backed at n/a but it would be a brave man to back against another German win as they appear to be on a roll.

The one blip in the group stages was draw with Chile but a few members of the squad have already made it clear they will not be taking the opposition lightly and have no intention of making the same mistake twice.

El Tri can boast the experience of Javier Hernandez in their side, who knows all about German football from his time at Bayer Leverkusen.

The man nicknamed Chicharito will not be overawed by the situation and it would be no surprise to see him on the score sheet at Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium.

El Tricolor held European champions Portugal to a 2-2 draw in the group stage while taking care of Russia and New Zealand and they are not without hope but will need to up their game if they are to move past a German side that may well be planning for the future but seem to have all the ingredients for success right now.

Recommended bet: Germany to win n/a

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