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World Cup 2018, Germany vs Mexico: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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World Cup holders Germany begin the defence of their title against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow - FIFA

What is it?

The first outing at the 2018 World Cup for defending champions - and four-time winners - Germany, as they take on reliable old campaigners Mexico.

When is it?

Sunday, June 17.

What time is kick-off?

The action gets under way at 4pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

BBC One are covering this one, with their coverage presented by Gary "22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win" Lineker, alongside Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand. Commentary comes from Jonathan Pearce and Phil Neville.

Where is the game being played?

Germany have the privilege of opening their campaign at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, the showpiece venue of the tournament and where the final will be held on July 15.

World Cup 2018 stadium: Luzhniki Stadium

What is the team news?

Defender Jerome Boateng is expected to be fit to start for the Germans after recovering from a groin injury. His Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer - so crucial to the way coach Joachim Low wants his side to play - should also start in goal after making his comeback from eight months out in the recent 2-1 defeat to Austria.

World Cup record: Germany

Mexico have no reported injury problems, which suits head coach Juan Carlos Osorio's penchant for changing his team and tactics to tackle whatever strengths the opposition have. 

“I think that we must be a mix of two things,” Osorio says. “We must be a team who play our own strengths but also respect our opponents. Obviously, we must be loyal to our style because that is how we create our chances. I think we are on the right path.”

World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more

What's the latest news on the two teams?

Germany's preparations were disrupted by a controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan and a photo taken with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On the pitch, Joachim Low's side have won only once in their last six games - a 2-1 win over the very limited Saudi Arabia - but there remains very little signs of panic around the camp, such is the depth of tournament experience their squad boasts.

As for Mexico, they're out to avenge a 4-1 defeat to a second-string German side at the Confederations Cup last year, and improve on a record of just one win in their last 11 against Die Mannschaft. Much will depend on Javier Hernandez - Chicharito to his friends - who spent two successful seasons in German football with Bayer Leverkusen between  2015-17, scoring 39 goals.

What are the odds?

Germany to win 1/2

Draw 7/2

Mexico 13/2

What's our prediction?

The Germans have a rock-solid reputation as a Turniermannschaft - a tournament team - for a very good reason. New faces such as Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner are being introduced among the serial winners like Neuer, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels. It's a decent blend, and should be too much for the Mexicans.

Germany 2 Mexico 0

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