Germany, who are one of the favourites in the outright World Cup betting odds, begin their Group E campaign against Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium on November 23rd. Hansi Flick’s side will be keen to get their tournament off to a winning start, however, their opponents will not necessarily give them an easy ride.
Four-time winners Germany will be desperately hoping to put an underwhelming spell behind them as they aim to significantly improve on their round of 16 exit in Russia 2018. Notwithstanding their embarrassing loss to North Macedonia, Germany made light of their qualifying group and they netted 17 times across their last three matches. This superb run of form also included a revengeful 4-0 victory over North Macedonia.
Japan did not qualify for this tournament until 1998, however, they have subsequently competed in each of the last six World Cups. They are yet to make it beyond the round of 16, crashing out at the same stage in three of their last five appearances. They were very efficient during their qualifying campaign and conceded just once across their last five matches.