Costa Rica vs Germany will play a significant role in the outcome of Group E, with the two favourites to win the group having already battled it out in the game before. This game will take place on the 1st December at Al Bayt Stadium.
Germany will be hoping for a clear-cut victory to secure a place in the knockout round of the Qatar World Cup 2022, while Costa Rica will attempt to give the Germans a hard time and perhaps sneak through themselves.
Can Costa Rica beat the odds and beat the Germans? Here’s what the bookmakers at LV BET reckon for the Qatar 2022 clash.
- Costa Rica to rely on their defence.
- A patient Germany could score multiple times over.
- FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E odds favour Europeans.
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Strength in defence for Costa Rica
A serial World Cup qualifier, head coach Luis Fernando Suárez knows very well how to get the best of this Costa Rica side. Coming into the role in June 2021, the Colombian quickly turned around results, winning 12, drawing five, and losing five by leaning into the team’s main strength: defence.
Costa Rica needed to go the extra mile to achieve 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, landing fourth in the CONCACAF table – on the same points as the US but six goals behind. This sent the Central American nation to the Inter-Confederation Play-Off, which Costa Rica won 1-0 against a physical New Zealand side. Now, they can seek to repeat the 2014 showing that got the nation to the Quarter-Finals.
The headline act for Costa Rica is still the grounded, humble veteran shot-stopper Keylor Navas. Ahead of the Paris Saint-Germain goalie, Bryan Oviedo, Óscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, and Keysher Fuller will be required to hold their ground, with Celso Borges and Yeltsin Tejeda likely providing further protection from midfield.
Strategic and clinical Germany will attempt to overwhelm
For the first time since 2006, Germany will not be helmed at a major tournament by Joachim Löw. Now, the architect of an all-conquering Bayern Munich, Hans-Dieter Flick, seeks to bring further glory. Utilising his refined 4-2-3-1 tactics, Flick’s Germany is yet to be defeated, but the run of four 1-1 results certainly unnerved Die Mannschaft before their statement 5-2 win against Italy.
Germany is one of the most successful teams at the World Cup, boasting four triumphs since the tournament’s inception. In the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, Flick won his first seven games in charge, securing a superb nine wins and one loss record, punctuated by a +32 goal difference. The side looks ready to redeem itself after the Group Stage exit in 2018 and Round of 16 loss at Euro 2020.
Boasting world-class talent in every position on the field, the two players that make it all tick for Flick are midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Going forward, the flair of Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané will cause any backline problems, while Thomas Müller’s unorthodox style is still being let loose from a role that sits just behind the striker.
Betting tips and odds on Costa Rica vs Germany in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E
As you would assume, Germany are the heavy favourites to come out on top in this FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E fixture. The side is too assured and talented not to be. Undoubtedly, many will gravitate towards the heavier goals and handicap markets for this match. Germany currently stand among the favourites to win the tournament outright at 12/1.
Still, Costa Rica will defend like their lives depend on it, and Navas will almost certainly put in a performance strong enough to earn the Man of the Match Award. If results prior confirm Germany’s passage, Flick might just rest a few stars, giving the Central American side a bit more hope to claim the win and stop the Europeans from making good on their 6/5 odds of winning Group E.
You can catch this David and Goliath meet at the World Cup on ITV at 7 pm in the UK.
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