Germany – Japan Predictions
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Germany – Japan
Date: 23.11.2022 | Match at: 14:00 | League: WORLD CUP – ROUND 1 | Tip: Home Win | Odds: 1.46 | Bookie: Unibet.
Match Preview Germany – Japan and Predictions
- Hansi Flick will lead Germany into their 17th consecutive FIFA World Cup finals on the back of a truly dominant qualifying campaign, in which they amassed a greater points tally (27; W9, L1) from their ten games than any other European nation. Die Mannschaft even fired in 36 goals during that time and conceded just four, suggesting their side is balanced and firing on all cylinders upon arrival in Qatar.
- Avenging the painful memories of the last four years – in which they failed to make the quarter-finals of two consecutive major tournaments (2018 World Cup and Euro 2020) for the first time during the post-war era – will be at the forefront of the Germans’ minds. The fatal blow in 2018 was struck by Asian opposition (South Korea), so Japan will certainly not be taken lightly. Prior to that, Germany had reached at least the semi-finals in seven of their last nine World Cup appearances, so arriving under the radar could suit Flick’s men ahead of their opening contest.
- Just like their more prestigious opponents, Japan also cruised to qualification for what will be their seventh successive World Cup campaign. The Samurai Blues conceded just six goals in 18 qualifiers, comfortably fending off Australia to automatically secure their place in Qatar. Hajime Moriyasu’s men didn’t enjoy the smoothest of warm-up friendlies for the tournament though, losing 1-2 to Canada thanks to a 95th minute penalty!
- Progression to the knockout stages looks an uphill task before a ball has even been kicked, given that Japan must face-off with 2014 winners Germany and 2010 champions Spain. The omens remain ominous, too, as despite qualifying for the knockout stages in 2018, both of their previous last 16 appearances have been followed by a group stage elimination in the next tournament.
- Players to watch: Looking to make his comeback from injury, Germany veteran Thomas Müller may be more of a creator these days, but only seven players have ever amassed more goals in World Cups than his ten. He is six short of the all-time record set by former teammate Miroslav Klose. Looking to steal the limelight will be another Bundesliga stalwart in Japan’s Daichi Kamada, who has already netted 12 times for Eintracht Frankfurt this season.
- Hot stat: Japan have not won any of their seven games as pre-match outsiders (D2, L5) since the end of the 2019 Asian Cup.
- World Cup trivia: In the 2018 World Cup, Japan progressed to the knockout stages at Senegal’s expense based on the number of yellow cards received. It was the first and only time this has happened in the tournament’s history.