Germany vs Japan – With half of the teams being former world champions, Group E is about to host some exciting moments. Germany must make sure that their campaign against their Japanese opponents gets off to a strong start.
The four-time world champions, who exited the previous competition in the First Round, had a forgettable year in 2018. The last time around, they were placed in a relatively simple group with South Korea, Sweden, and Mexico as the other two teams.
However, Die Mannschaft not only lost in the group stages, but they also came in dead last in the standings. Fans still clearly remember Manuel Neuer’s embarrassed expression when he failed to execute a skill move in the middle of the field in the closing seconds of their final game.
Restitution is required from the past champions. Additionally, some of their veterans may be attending the biggest football event for the last time. Before they put their boots away permanently, they should have one last celebration.
But keep in mind that the Japanese are no pushover. In the most recent competition, they advanced to the Round of 16 after placing second in their group, narrowly behind Colombia.
Unfortunately, they also ran upon the Belgians and had to withdraw from their engagement with them. But not before the team gave Belgium a run for its money.
There is no knowing what the Japanese may have accomplished if it weren’t for the stunning 3-2 comeback staged by the Belgians after falling behind 0-2 in the game. Expect a hard fight as the Asian heavyweights face the 2014 champions.
However, talent and experience favor the Germans. They are also wounded animals. They need to make amends. Germany is expected to deliver a valiant victory in their World Cup debut in Qatar.
Germany vs Japan – Betting Analysis
Germany will be determined to begin their campaign with a decisive victory with Spaniards in the mix. They see this as a chance to surpass Brazil as the two most successful teams in world football.
They breezed through the qualifying rounds like it was nothing at all. On Wednesday, they will undoubtedly prevail over the more inexperienced Japanese. Japan may be a powerhouse in the Asian continent, but this is a very different game.
And to make matters worse for the Samurai Blues, they have a poorer head-to-head record than their rival. Expect Germany to win the Khalifa International, where they have won four times.
As Thomas Muller attempts to overtake fellow countryman Miroslav Klose as the player with the most goals scored at the World Cup, all eyes will be on him. To reach the top, the Bayern Munich forward needs six more goals.
And after the humiliation of 2018, you can bet he will be hunting down this aim with a single-minded intensity.
In the previous 20 years, Die Mannschaft has a 100% winning record against this opponent and has won every game by a score of two goals or more.
The most recent meeting, which was a friendly, resulted in a 2-2 draw, while the one before that saw the four-time champions prevail 3-0.
Germany vs Japan – Head-to-Head
Our Prediction: Home to Win