World Champions Germany take on Mexico, the recently confirmed joint-2026 hosts in their opening World Cup game on Sunday.

The Germans, who beat Argentina four years ago to win their fourth world title, are considered one of the tournament favourites and will be looking to make a statement in their opener against El Tri.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Germany side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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