Groups of death are always a pleasure to watch, and that’s one of the primary reasons why football enthusiasts will have all eyes on Group E. This one will have it all: giants tussling for the top spot, an underdog looking to impress and one mid-tier nation vying to survive until the group stage.
The FIFA World Cup Group E will feature Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan. It goes without saying that Spain and Germany will be enjoying the limelight of this fantastic display of football, whereas Costa Rica and Japan will be looking to deliver as many unexpected upsets as possible.
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WHO EXACTLY ARE THE PARTICIPANTS OF GROUP E?
Group E will be the FIFA World Cup group to watch. Spain and Germany are big contenders to take home the World Cup trophy, but can they pass their first test? The group stages are known to entrap some careless big dogs, which is why the group’s two big nations will be looking to avoid the early flight home.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off in Qatar, which is set to become the first Middle Eastern country to ever host a World Cup. Group E will kick things off on 23rd November 2022 and it will last until 1st December 2022. The first two fixtures will see Germany take on Japan, whereas Spain will look to see of Costa Rica.
|National team||FIFA Ranking||FIFA Zone||Place in eliminations|
|Spain||7||UEFA||1st Group B|
|Costa Rica||31||CONCACAF||Playoff Winner|
|Germany||12||UEFA||1st Group J|
|Japan||23||AFC||AFC Third Round runners-up|
Spain is one of the pioneers of the modern game of football that last won the FIFA World Cup in 2010, when the likes of Iniesta, Xavi and Casillas shone in a stunning display of World Cup football. Although those elite names will not feature in the upcoming World Cup, Spain remains a talent-laden squad that can certainly hold its own against tough opposition. With Luis Enrique at the helm of this up-and-coming team of stars, the Spaniards can be confident about their chances of progressing through the group stage.
This Central American nation will be looking to replicate its efforts in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when it made it to the quarter-finals—only to lose to the Netherlands on penalties. Costa Rica will be looking to avoid piggy-backing on PSG star Keylor Navas too frequently, but this nation’s startling lack of talent might mean that Navas should bring treatments for back pain along with him on his trip to Qatar.
With Antonio Rüdiger and Niklas Süle in front of him, Manuel Neuer will probably not suffer the fate of Keylor Navas, but, as is always the case in football, nothing is guaranteed. The four-time World Cup winners don’t really expect to waltz through to the Round of 16, but their expectation to progress will weigh heavily on newly appointed Hansi Flick. With more than enough firepower to make the German side work, Flick will be hoping for one of the best World Cup runs the nation has seen.
Japan has made it through to the Round of 16 three times in the last two decades (in 2002, 2010 and 2018), thus earning itself quite the reputation for being a thorny side to play against. With a combination of aging talents and new ones, Japan might very well progress through the group stage with a draw or two against the larger sides of Group E.
BETTING TIPS AND ODDS ON YOUR GROUP E FAVOURITES
According to the bookies, Spain and Germany are drawn as the sides to win the group, with Spain just about shading the betting. Japan and Costa Rica are listed as the poorest sides, with not much between them in terms of their probability to progress to the Round of 16.
Costa Rica to be the outright winner of Group E is at 33 (34.00).
Japan are priced at 10 (11.00) to win Group E.