For many years, Germany were one of the most dominant forces in international football, but in 2018 they failed to progress from their World Cup group and, at last year’s rescheduled Euros, they lost to England in the Round of 16.
They will be hoping that Qatar 2022 is where their luck changes, and there’s no doubt that they’ve got the players to go very deep into the tournament.
As for Japan, they will be looking to replicate their efforts of four years ago, where they progressed to the knockout phase, although FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E has paired them with the Germans, Spain and Costa Rica – less than ideal.
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- Can Germany recapture their best form on the big stage?
- Can Japan upset the odds in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E?
- How to bet on Germany vs Japan
- World Cup 2022 betting tips and odds
Germany Long for the Good Old Days
Only Brazil have won more editions of the World Cup than Germany, although it feels like a lifetime since the Germans last lifted the Jules Rimet trophy back in 2014.
There’s no doubt that this current generation of players has the talent to end that drought – Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Thomas Muller, Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry is as classy a spine of a team as you will find.
But their recent results in major tournaments have been incredibly disappointing by Germany’s high standards, and they seem to lack the poise and power that has defined their successes in years gone by.
At least they swept through 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification in convincing fashion, winning nine of their ten games in an admittedly easy group.
The question now is can Germany raise their game against better opposition on the big stage? Their form in the UEFA Nations League has been solid if unspectacular, but a 5-2 win over Italy in that competition in June will have restored confidence.
Head coach Hansi Flick is in an unenviable position – Germany go into Qatar World Cup 2022 as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, despite their poor recent form in major tournaments. He will be hoping that his players come up with the goods.
Japan Hoping for Minor Miracle FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E
Both Germany and Spain have gone off the boil as far as being a major force on the international stage is concerned.
But they remain formidable opponents, and when they meet in Group E it will be one of the standout Qatar 2022 dates in the early going of the tournament.
Japan will need to seize their opportunity if one or both of the teams drop points in that contest, but they will also know that they need to claim a positive result against Germany and/or Spain to further their own hopes of advancing beyond FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E.
That’s a feat they have achieved in three of the last five editions of the World Cup, and they remain a solid, workmanlike team that, while lacking in star names, is still capable of causing a shock result or two.
Japan comfortably breezed through the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers for the AFC region, finishing in second in their third round group, with a sizable seven points gap between them and nearest challengers Australia. Former Liverpool ace Takumi Minamino led the way on the goals front:
Head coach Hajime Moriyasu will be keeping a close eye on the first few months of the European club season, with a number of his key players – including Minamino, Genki Haraguchi and Takehiro Tomiyasu – in action.
Betting Tips and Odds on Germany vs Japan in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group E
This Germany vs Japan game really is a tough one to call.
On paper, the Germans have to be considered a warm favourite based upon the quality of their players, but they have underachieved on the big stage in recent times.
Japan will be hard working, well organised and diligent in their work, and they have just enough attacking flair to hurt the Germans if the opportunity presents itself.
This is a contest where backing the goals-based markets, as opposed to making firm predictions, might be the wise choice.
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