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World Cup Day 8: Previews and Betting Tips

Japan v Costa Rica 

Japan vs Costa Rica: TV channel, stream FREE and kick-off time for 2022 World Cup Group E match | The Sun

Japan’s rousing comeback win over Germany is why we love football. All it takes for things to turn on their heads is a moment. 

The Samurai Blue were so thoroughly outplayed for the first hour of the match that, at times, it seemed like watching an elaborate training session. A few substitutions later though, and the Asian side were suddenly full of threat and flying at Germany from all angles. 

Securing that improbable win has dramatically boosted Japan’s chances of progress from the group. A win over Costa Rica would more or less see them advance, especially if Germany fail to beat Spain in the group’s other game. Considering Spain’s form, as shown against Costa Rica, that would be a difficult ask, so Japan have their destiny in their own hands.  

Costa Rica looked desperately poor against Spain, and were the only team that failed to muster a shot during the opening round of matches. Even worse, their best player – goalkeeper Keylor Navas – is out of form, and while Japan’s possession game is nowhere near as sophisticated as Spain’s, it may not even need to be. 

  • Japan to score at least 2 goals at 1.67  


Belgium v Morocco 

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Morocco were impressive in their draw against Croatia… at least where it came to their work before they reached the final third. As is obvious from the 0-0 scoreline, the Atlas Lions were not at their sharpest in attack, and struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. However, they competed well, denying Croatia space in midfield and defending solidly. 

Up against Belgium, who were outplayed and fortunate to win against Canada, Morocco will need to add some cutting edge, especially because, while the Red Devils have a lot of weaknesses, they are front-loaded with talent. They do not need a lot of chances, and their defence, though old and creaking, has experience and can throw themselves in the way of shots. 

This looks set to be a rather cagey affair. There are fitness concerns over Morocco’s starting full-backs Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazraoui, and losing either or both would only make them more conservative. With chances at a premium, one goal, likely flowing from a mistake at either end, could be enough to decide the outcome. 

  • Less than 2.5 total goals at 1.77 odds  


Croatia v Canada 

Croatia vs Canada: TV channel, live stream FREE and kick-off time for 2022 World Cup Group F match | The Sun

Canada can draw a lot of encouragement from their opening match. They may have lost, but for long stretches they thoroughly outperformed Belgium, forcing them onto the back foot and being denied at least one clear penalty. 

The penalty they were awarded was sadly missed by Alphonso Davies, but there was no obscuring impressive showings from the likes of the Liberian-born wing-back and Richie Laryea 

That will give them a lot of confidence as they face a Croatia side that was not great against Morocco. Even their world-class midfield, piloted by Luka Modric, were unable to impose themselves and gain control over the African side, and as a result there was no connection to the attack. It remains to be seen how manager Zlatko Dalic addresses this, but as far as striking options go, he is not exactly spoilt for choice.  

That may not matter though, as Canada showed some weakness in the way they defended counterattacks. If Croatia can get Ivan Perisic in the game (he was muted effectively against Morocco), that could be enough; they are a much more solid team defensively than Belgium. 

  • Croatia to win or draw and under 2.5 total goals at 2.20 odds  


Spain v Germany 

Germany vs Spain – Preview & betting prediction

The manner in which Spain ran through Costa Rica sent shockwaves through the competition. Everyone expected La Roja to be good, but not that good. It looked so easy, in fact, that it was difficult to say if it was them being outstanding or the opposition being bad.  

Whatever the case, their confidence is at an all-time high, and their movement and use of the ball is close to unrivalled in international football. Already, they are being viewed as one of the big favourites, and rightly so. 

All of that spells major trouble for Germany. It is not that Hansi Flick’s side were not impressive themselves in their opening game; on the contrary, they played some of the finest football of the entire tournament against Japan. It is that, in somehow failing to get any points whatsoever out of that, they are now doomed to win their remaining two matches. This puts them in a dangerous position, whereas previously they would have liked to approach this match without pressure.  

However, to write them off would be a mistake. The likes of Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry were excellent against the Japanese, and could cause Spain’s old full-backs some problems. 

  • Spain to win at 2.38 odds 

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