Germany will host Japan in Group E of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 1 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, 23 November 2022. The match venue is Khalifa International Stadium, ad-Doha, Doha.
Latest odds on betting sites
Germany to win odds are priced at 1.60 (-167; American ⅗ Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 5.00 (+400; 4/1), while Japan to win odds are priced at 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Germany — 68%, draw — 20%, Japan — 12%.
Latest betting odds on Germany vs Japan (23 November 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Germany — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Japan — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
Match preview and statistics
Germany won the 2014 World Cup after defeating Argentina in the final. The DFB team will be looking to win this coming World Cup as they face Japan in the opening game. Germany was awful during the 2018 World Cup as they failed to qualify for the knockout stages. The DFB team also failed to reach the final of the European Championship as they were knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Hansi Flick took over after the last European Championship as he will lead the team against Japan. Germany hasn't been great in recent times as they finished third in the Nations League with seven points. They have won just two of their last eight games. Timo Werner is out of the World Cup due to an injury he picked up while playing for the club.
Kai Havertz will most likely lead the line for Germany against Japan. Germany will be looking to press high and win the ball in dangerous positions as they will try to capitalise on Japan’s mistakes. Die Mannschaft have great qualities in the attacking phase with Gnarby, Sane and others. In the absence of Hummels, Rudiger and Sule should be the centre-back partnership as they look to get a win in their first game.
Germany team news: All players are fit and available
Japan was knocked out during the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup. They suffered a 2-3 defeat to Belgium in what was an incredible comeback from the Red Devils. Japan is coming into this World Cup better than they were during the last competition.
Takuma Asano will most likely lead the attacking line alongside Monaco winner Takumi Minamino. Arsenal’s defender Tomiyasu should be partnering with Maya Yoshida as they look to stop Germany’s attack. Japan have won two of their five games in all competitions although they suffered a 1-2 defeat to Canada in a friendly.
Japan team news: Kaoru Mitoma is a doubt with illness. Hidemasa Morita is out with a muscle injury.
Germany vs Japan H2H
This is the first competitive meeting between both sides.
Projected lineups and key players
Germany projected starting lineup:
- Manuel Neuer
- Thilo Kehrer
- Niklas Sule
- Antonio Rudiger
- David Raum
- Joshua Kimmich
- Leon Goretzka
- Jamal Musiala
- Jonas Hofmann
- Kai Havertz
- Leroy Sane
Kai Havertz has been sensational for Germany in recent games. The Chelsea forward scored two great goals in their 3-3 draw against England during the Nations League. Havertz will be a key player for Germany
Japan projected starting lineup:
- Shuichi Gonda
- Hiroki Sakai
- Takehiro Tomiyasu
- Maya Yoshida
- Yuto Nagatomo
- Wataru Endo
- Ao Tanaka
- Junya Ito
- Daichi Kamada
- Takuma Asano
- Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino is a key player for the Japan national team. The Monaco striker has scored one goal while providing three assists for the club this season. Minamino has scored 17 goals in 44 appearances for Japan.
Predictions and betting tips
Germany has scored a goal in five of their last five games in all competitions. Japan has scored a goal in three of their last five matches in all competitions. Germany has the firepower to score goals with Japan also having good attackers and will be looking to punish Germany. I predict both teams will score.
Two of the last two Germany matches have ended in over 2.5 goals. Germany have top attackers as they will be looking to score a lot of goals in the first game as they will want to announce themselves in the World Cup. Flick’s teams have always been known to score a lot of goals with an example being his Bayern Munich squad. Two of the last five Japan games have ended in over 2.5 goals. I predict over 2.5 goals.
Betting prediction: Both teams to score
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)