Only Argentina attracted more late action to win the World Cup than Germany. Does the fact the Argentinians fell to Saudi Arabia mean the Germans could be in some trouble versus Japan? Or will the Germans step it up like they have in so many past World Cups? Check out FIFA World Cup Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Germany versus Japan.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: Germany vs Japan Group E Matchup
Germany versus Japan Betting Lines and Match Info
- When: Wednesday, Nov.23 at 8:00 am ET
- Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
- TV/Streaming: FS1
Why Japan is a good play versus Germany
The first reason to consider backing Japan to pull off the upset? The odds. Japan offers overlay odds at +570 to beat a team that may not be as strong as so many believe.
The second reason is because Japan is playing well. Throw out the 1-2 loss to Canada and 0-3 loss to Tunisia. Japan beat a solid squad in Ghana by 3 goals. They then dusted the U.S. 2-0. If that Japanese side shows up, an upset is possible.
Japan Last 5
- L – 1-2 vs. Canada
- D – 0-0 vs. Ecuador
- W – 2-0 vs. United States
- L – 0-3 vs. Tunisia
- W – 4-1 vs. Ghana
Japan Predicted Starting Lineup
Why Germany is a good play versus Japan
The Germans played a fantastic 3-3 draw against England in their last Nations League match before the World Cup. The draw showcased players that many soccer fans may not recognize.
Kai Havertz scored a couple of goals and Ilkay Gundogan also scored a goal. Havertz and Gundogan might play off the bench in this.
Also, Thomas Mueller, one of the greatest World Cup players in history, and defensive leader Antonio Ruediger are ready for the first WC match.
Germany Last 5
- W – 0-1 vs. Oman
- D – 3-3 vs. England
- L – 0-1 vs. Hungary
- W – 5-2 vs. Italy
- D – 1-1 vs. Hungary
Germany Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: Germany vs Japan
Germany must play the World Cup without starts Marco Rues and Timor Werner but it may not matter. The Germans are ridiculously deep.
Any team that can start a lineup that includes Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, etc., or bring those players off the bench is a team to watch at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The Germans are so deep, they can start a second 11. Even at goalie, the Germans are deep. Manuel Neuer over Marc-Andre ter Stegen or vice versa.
Barcelona puts their faith in ter Stegen. So why wouldn’t German manager Nasi Flick? As far as this game is concerned, Japan should be in some trouble.
Germany’s best players throw down for top UEFA league teams. Not only that, but the Germans have prepped in the Nations League and Flick knows how to put together winning lineups and create goal scoring strategies. Germany should roll versus Japan and has a real shot at scoring a handicap victory.
World Cup Pick: Germany -1.5