COSTA RICA vs GERMANY
Germany face Costa Rica hoping to get the win that could see them progress from Group E. Having been mauled 7-0 at the hands of Spain, the CONCACAF side will be confident after beating Japan. But they could be in for a tough night against the 2014 World Cup winners.Hansi Flick’s side’s shock defeat to Japan, and its implications for their tournament chances, has had a seismic impact on the German team and the manager will be keen to lift his players morale on Thursday. Fortunately for the manager, Costa Rica are likely to be the ideal opponents to do so against, and we back a Germany win at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Of course, as the Japan game proved, no team should be completely written off. But Thursday’s game is likely to be as close to a sure thing as there has been at the 2022 World Cup. Costa Rica conceded three within the first half against Spain and capitulated further in the second half to see another four go in, including two within two minutes.
As a result, a bet on a goal-filled match, especially given Germany’s desire to rebuild their confidence, should likely pay off. Goals in both halves may be a good tip, with Germany looking to start quickly in order to avoid any doubts.In the last game, back in 2006, Costa Rica managed to put two past their opponents. But considering the level of focus Germany will likely bring into Thursday’s game, two defensive slip-ups are unlikely. Instead, we back the visitors to retain a clean sheet, with Costa Rica’s own defensive duties preventing them from expending much energy attacking.
Germany to Win.
JAPAN vs SPAIN
Spain and Japan face off as Group E comes to a close at the World Cup in Qatar.
Japan know they must win here after unsticking with Costa Rica but Luis Enrique’s side should still be motivated after a draw against Germany and La Furia Roja know a win is key to securing top spot.
There was a strange feeling in the changing room because we had the opportunity to beat Germany and we let it slip through our hands and that was a shame,” Luis Enrique said ahead of the match.But we have to think that we are at the top of the so-called Group of Death and we have to stay positive. A draw against Japan on Thursday would probably send us through to knock-outs but we will not speculate. We will use our full strength and go for the win to secure the top in the group standings.
Japan need this more, but Spain can pick them off even with some heavy rotation. The win is still key to clinch top spot, so I expect Luis Enrique’s side to get the job done here, perhaps by more than a goal with Hajime Moriyasu’s side punished on the break as they chase the game late.
Soain to win and Over 2.5 Gials
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