Mexico take on World Champions Germany in their opening World Cup fixture. In a tough group that also contains South Korea and Sweden, second place is \ up for grabs for the three teams facing the Germans.

El Tri have made it to the last 16 at each of the last four World Cups and will be desperate to finally reach the quarter-finals in Russia.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Mexico 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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