World Cup Preview

The FIFA World Cup Group E starts with the clash between Germany and Japan. Germany are under new coach, Hansi Flick, who has had a wonderful career at Bayern Munich and would like to enjoy the same faith with the national team. Japan has drawn two great sides — Germany and Spain — and would need to take points off of them should they stand a chance of making it out of the group.


Germany and Japan have met on two previous occasions, a 2-2 draw and a German win. Each game between the two sides has been full of goals, as the draw was a four-goal thriller, whereas the German win was a comfortable 3-0 victory. 

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In Russia, Germany got knocked out in the group stages, and for a team of that pedigree, one starts to question how they managed to fall from grace in just four years. Things are looking better for the German national team this time around. Hansi Flick will have some key emerging talents at his disposal who will be eager to stamp their mark on the World Cup. Some of the names are Jamal Musiala, Youssoufa Moukoko and Armel Bella-Kotchap. The squad is relatively young, but with veterans such as Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich, a balance can be achieved. 

With the encounter against giants Spain looming on the horizon, Germany need to win this game against Japan to set themselves nicely. A correct score win of 2-0 for Germany is priced at 6/1 (7.00), with Jamal Musiala to score anytime during the match at 9/4 (3.25)


On the other side, Japan are more than capable of causing an upset on the big stage as they so nearly did against Belgium in the last World Cup. Fielding a very talented squad, Japan has to take points off the big guns to give themselves a chance of progressing to the knockout stage. Leading up to the FIFA World Cup, Japan has had a great round of fixtures and has been solid defensively – conceding just two in the last six games. A statistic that Hajime Moriyasu would be proud of despite losing the last game against Canada 2-1. 

The Japanese National team will be looking to make it out of the Group stage for the fourth time in their history. It will surely be one to remember should they achieve such a great achievement. We are pricing a Japan win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match at 35/4 (9.75), with Takumi Minamino to score anytime during the game at 21/4 (6.25).

Match betting odds

Favourites to win the first match are Germany at 12/25 (1.48) whilst a shock win for Japan is priced at 6/1 (7.00), and a draw putting both sides at risk should they lose their next match at 26/7 (4.70)


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