Germany Stats & Form
Germany has a lot to prove after they finished in the group stage in the last World Cup in Russia. There has been a generation change in the team which is clearly felt but the system and the attitude of the players are the same which guarantees a great performance by the “Nationalelf”.
Germany finished on top of Group J in the European qualifiers with 27 points, 9 more than Macedonia who handed them their only loss in the qualifiers.
Germany has only one loss in the last 15 games but they didn’t start well in the Nation league where they have one win and three draws so far.
However, the team of the coach Hansi Flick is one of the top contenders in any tournament and that will be the case in Qatar as well.
Germany is one of the most successful nations at the World Cup having won the trophy 4 times so far. Their worst performance came in 2018 in Russia where they finished in 22nd place.
Japan Stats & Form
Japan is a country that invests a lot in football and they hope to have a deep run in the World Cup in Qatar. The team effort and the will to leave everything on the pitch are not optional for the Japanese players but still, that may not be enough for success.
Japan had a perfect run in the qualifiers, finishing on top of Group F with 8 wins in 8 games. In the second stage of the Asian qualifiers, they finished second in Group B with 22 points, one shy of Saudi Arabia.
Japan has 6 wins in the last 10 games which speaks enough of their recent form.
Genki Haraguchi from Union Berlin and team captain Maya Yoshida from Schalke 04 are the players who are expected to lead Japan in Qatar.
Japan made the World Cup debut in 1998 and has missed no tournaments ever since. Their best results came in 2002 when they co-hosted the competition, and in 2010, finishing in 9th place. In 2018 in Russia, Japan finished losing 3-2 to Belgium in the round of 16 despite having a 2-0 lead.
Germany vs. Japan Head-to-Head Stats
Germany and Japan have played two friendly games before. Germany won the first one 3-0 in 2004 while the score was 2-2 two years later.
Germany vs. Japan Betting Odds
Germany is a huge favorite in the game against Japan with -274 odds in their favor while Japan is at 720. The odds for a draw are set at 405.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with -150 for over and 121 for under.
Germany has been one of the most consistent teams at the World Cup but what happened to them in the last World Cup is their worst nightmare. With the lesson learned, they will leave no chance of finishing another competition in the group stage. Despite the fact that many of the German top players in the past decade are no longer on the team, Germany always has players who play great within the system. Japan is not a team that will be able to keep up with them for 90 minutes and they will feel the German machine at the start of the tournament. Germany will win this one easy in a game that will probably see at least three goals.